AMERICAN CARVED ‘EAGLE AND CANNON’ PLAQUE PAINTED WITH THE ORIGINAL DIORAMA, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE/ KITTERY, MAINE, CIRCA 1870, ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN WILLIAMS AND W.H. COFFIN.Est. $10,000-$15,000
The finely carved displayed eagle beneath thirty-seven stars and standing atop five cannon balls, flanked by cannons and pyramids of cannon balls, painted with a distant view of a fort and a cannon positioned to fire on advancing enemy ships. Frame 23 x 42 inches.
Provenance: Purportedly the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; The Collection of Channing Hare of Ogunquit, Maine and Palm Beach, Florida; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 11-12, 1970, lot 73 (the frame of lot 72, the companion diorama, was inscribed “J. Williams Carver” and “W. H. Coffin Painter.”