Bellamy eagle Newport Style
Influenced by John Bellamy , This eagle was hand carved out of sugar pine. It has five coats of paint then was gilded with 23k German double t hick gold. Not to shabby for over 300 hours of work . It measures 56" by 20" and is a wonderful representation of Americana and patriotism .
A native of Kittery Point, Maine, Bellamy never considered himself an artist and signed few of his pieces but his carvings are so distinctive that experts can easily identify them. Bellamy's eagles show a simplicity of design, form, and shape, yet he gave his birds a swing, a feeling of action and movement. It is ironic that Today Bellamy's eagles can fetch between $20,000 and $40,000, with some pieces selling for even more. and back then he he would have been happy to trade a bottle of whisky for one of his eagles.
Despite his great talent, Bellamy led a troubled, restless life, often moving from job to job, sometimes working for as little as $2.50 per day at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he carved the Lancaster eagle. He also worked in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as well as Charlestown and Boston, Massachusetts
Quoted from Yvonne Brault Smith
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