American, likely New York, Circa 1830
Height 64 inches.
This carving recalls other figures made by several American ship carvers to adorn churches and public buildings. It especially calls to mind the work of John Rush (1782-1853), who carved similar figures for the Carpenter family estate in Germantown, Pennsylvania, which were then sold at public auction in Philadelphia in 1893, as detailed by Linda Bantel in William Rush, American Sculptor, pp. 187-188.
The collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art also features a similar example.
Provenance:Previously sold at Sotheby's, January 2000, Lot 455.
Retains original surface; the back of the carving is hollowed out.
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