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Chuck Ripper (B. 1929) "American Bald Eagle"

Lot 0240 Details

Description
Chuck Ripper (American, B. 1929) "American Bald Eagle Perched on Branch" Signed lower right. Original Gouache painting on Illustration Board.

Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.

This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover of the United Nations Endangered Species Series 32c American Bald Eagle stamp issued March 24, 1995.

At a distance this stately eagle appears to be bald. Closer inspection, however, reveals that its head and neck are actually clothed in snowy white plumage -- a handsome contrast with its dark brown body and wing feathers. Many years ago, the Bald Eagle's flight plumes were sought after by Native Americans who used them to adorn their magnificent headdresses. Although this eagle was then plentiful throughout North America, several decades ago its numbers began to decline, despite the passage of America's National Emblem Law of 1940, prohibiting the killing of these precious creatures. In 1973, in fact, there were fewer than 500 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles left -- a far cry from the many thousands that filled American skies during the 1800s. In addition to hunting, the recent decline has also been attributed to the use of toxic chemicals, particularly those formulated for agricultural pesticides. Currently there is a ban on the international trade of these eagles and the only live specimens that can be imported into the U.S. are those which have been bred in captivity in European or Canadian zoos for the purpose of replenishing America's wild eagle stock. Pesticides such as DDT have been banned as well. Fortunately such conservation measures have begun to prove successful. The results of a 1994 census of Bald Eagles concluded that their numbers had risen sufficiently to remove the species from the "endangered" list and place it under the less precarious category of "threatened."

Image Size: 12.5 x 14.5 in.
Overall Size: 15 x 17.75 in.
Unframed. (B14968)
Condition

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Dimensions
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Chuck Ripper (B. 1929) "American Bald Eagle"

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Oct 04, 2020
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0240: Chuck Ripper (B. 1929) "American Bald Eagle"

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Est. $350 - $700Starting Price $175
Oct 4th Fine Art, Antiques, Jewelry Auction
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Lot 0240 Details

Description
...
Chuck Ripper (American, B. 1929) "American Bald Eagle Perched on Branch" Signed lower right. Original Gouache painting on Illustration Board.

Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.

This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover of the United Nations Endangered Species Series 32c American Bald Eagle stamp issued March 24, 1995.

At a distance this stately eagle appears to be bald. Closer inspection, however, reveals that its head and neck are actually clothed in snowy white plumage -- a handsome contrast with its dark brown body and wing feathers. Many years ago, the Bald Eagle's flight plumes were sought after by Native Americans who used them to adorn their magnificent headdresses. Although this eagle was then plentiful throughout North America, several decades ago its numbers began to decline, despite the passage of America's National Emblem Law of 1940, prohibiting the killing of these precious creatures. In 1973, in fact, there were fewer than 500 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles left -- a far cry from the many thousands that filled American skies during the 1800s. In addition to hunting, the recent decline has also been attributed to the use of toxic chemicals, particularly those formulated for agricultural pesticides. Currently there is a ban on the international trade of these eagles and the only live specimens that can be imported into the U.S. are those which have been bred in captivity in European or Canadian zoos for the purpose of replenishing America's wild eagle stock. Pesticides such as DDT have been banned as well. Fortunately such conservation measures have begun to prove successful. The results of a 1994 census of Bald Eagles concluded that their numbers had risen sufficiently to remove the species from the "endangered" list and place it under the less precarious category of "threatened."

Image Size: 12.5 x 14.5 in.
Overall Size: 15 x 17.75 in.
Unframed. (B14968)
Condition
...
<br>- By registering to bid for this auction either in-house or online and/or placing a bid in this auction the BIDDER/BUYER agrees to all the terms and conditions of Helmuth Stone Gallery Auctions. <br/><br>- All silver, gold and/or jewelry lots or invoices containing said lots MUST be paid for via wire transfer or cashier’s check, no other forms of payment will be accepted.<br/><br>- All sales are final; no refunds will be given under any circumstances.<br/><br>- Helmuth Stone Gallery provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.<br/><br>- Online images can sometimes be low quality due to the uploading process, original high-resolution images can be requested via email at HelmuthStone@gmail.com<br/><br>- We recommend looking into shipping quotes prior to bidding, shipping quotes can take up to a week or more post-sale as we host our auctions through 6 online platforms and shipping can become backlogged, if you would like a list of local shippers please email us directly.<br/><br>- Our auction catalogs are hosted through multiple online platforms along with phone and in-house bidding. Bids placed on other platforms are not shown through this catalog. Because of this, even if it appears you are the only absentee bid or bidder on a lot, you may already be out bid or may have placed a bid equal to another bidder. Therefore, we always recommend bidding live.
Dimensions
15 x 17.75 in

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