Bronze ornamental flag finial, likely Napoleonic, in the form of an eagle standing with wings outstretched, mounted to a rectangular bronze base with raised letter "N". No maker's mark. Affixed to a later rectangular wood support with beveled edge. Finial – 8 1/2" H x 10" W. Base – 1 1/4" H. Probably French, early 19th century. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction. CONDITION: Traces of old paint; oxidation. Minor dent to lower left front rectangular bronze base.
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