Patriotic Eagle Plaque
Probably Warwick, Rhode Island, circa 1872
White pine, original gilt and painted decoration, 12 x 25 ½ x 2 ¼ inches

This unusual eagle plaque was originally part of the decorations at “Cedar Hill” a grand home in Warwick, Rhode Island built in 1872 as a wedding gift to Elizabeth Ives Slater on her marriage to Alfred Augustus Reed, Jr.

Famed Providence carver, Charles Parker Dowler (1841-1931), executed the interior ornamentation at Cedar Hill, and may have carved this eagle too. Of unusually fine quality, this eagle represents a rare variant to the typical examples, both in terms of the depth of thre carvings, but also the arrangement of elements, including the rare inclusion of crossed French and American Flags above the canon that likely commemorate the centennial of the arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette in 1771, during his service to the American revolution.

Elizabeth Ives Slater Reed, Warwick, Rhode Island, by descent to her great granddaughter, Anne; David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, CT., 2010; Private collection.

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