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Temp #19
DepartmentFolk Art
Low Estimate$6,000.00
High Estimate$8,000.00
Last UpdatedDecember 9, 2019


Boldly carved and painted pine rendering of two eagles clutching a red, white and blue American shield and a blue and gilt E. Pluribus Unum" banner in their talons. Below the shield is a green olive branch bearing red berries. Exquisitely detailed and with a wonderful sense of motion and tension. The eagles' heads face different directions and their sharp beaks are open, showing their slithering red tongues. Their feathers are highly defined, unique to Libbey's style, and their wings are raised as if they are about to take flight. The shield's white stars are raised and a matching star punctuates the banner. Signed on reverse "Peter Q. Libbey". Height 20". Width 60". Depth 3".
Master carver Peter Q. Libbey (1944-2018) was born in Maine and spent most of his life there, save for his time in the Air Force, when he was stationed in Japan and flew missions over Vietnam. His eagles were carved by hand in the traditional style and are considered some of the finest 20th Century carvings. Given the time it took to complete each eagle his production was limited and examples rarely come on the market."


The eagle has an untouched original surface with some minor scattered paint loss.

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