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  • 2022.01.01
1600Chickadee Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
One chickadee hanging upside down near top of branch above second chickadee perched on lower part of branch. Branch attached to carved oval wooden base. Underside of base inscribed "Chickadees by Wendell Gilley S.W. Harbor, Maine. No date visible.
1598Carved Wooden Molds
  • Image, Photograph
  • Carvings
  • Object, Metalworking, Casting Mold
Description:
Various wooden molds Wendell Gilley carved for use in making cast lead feet
1599Heron Patterns
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Woodworking Pattern
Description:
Various paper patterns drawn by Wendell Gilley for use in carving herons
1596Wendell Gilley Carving a Pheasant
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gillley seated at his workbench carving what appears to be a miniature pheasant. Pieces of driftwood are on table behind him
1593Wendell H. Gilley
  • Image, Photograph
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley working on a wood carving. At his collar he is wearing a pin shaped like a duck.
1592Wendell H. Gilley Painting a Cardinal
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley at his work table painting a carving of a cardinal, bookshelves in background
1590David and Nelson Rockefeller
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
David and Nelson Rockefeller holding the bald eagle David commissioned from Wendell Gilley as a gift for Nelson.
1594Wendell Gilley in his Workshop
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell uses a barber's chair he converted into a workbench to hold an eagle carving while he works on it.
  • 20.01.129
1463Canada Goose
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on driftwood base beneath tail
  • 91.01.09
1382Wood Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Has black A.E. Crowell & Son label on underside of base
  • 91.01.01
1390Whimbrel
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Has stamp "A. E. Crowell, East Harwich" on underside of base.
  • 91.01.31
1402Black Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Has black A.E. Crowell & Son label on underside of base.
  • 91.01.23
1386Barrow's Goldeneye, Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Has black A.E. Crowell & Son label on underside of base
  • 91.01.13
1407Redhead
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Has black A.E. Crowell & Son label on underside of base.
  • 81.1.58
1257Yellowlegs
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Miniature adult; glass eyes, wire legs set into smooth round base with painted feet; body horizontal, head semi-erect, facing forward; underside of base marked/signed "Addie Gilley, by W. H. Gilley." Elmer Crowell copy
  • 20.01.002
1234Redhead drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "by W.H. Gilley" on bottom of base. Undated.
  • 89.3.4
1501Roadrunner
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Adult male roadrunner in a typical "striding" position, head outstretched with slightly dropped wings. Minimal carved detail, more developed painted detail. Glass eyes, wire legs, metal feet. Mounted on oval pine base, gouge-carved and painted. Marked on underside of base in ballpoint pen: "Road Runner"; signed "Gilley" on lower edge of top of base. No date
  • 20.01.139
1473Great Hornbill
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Carved at the request of Addie Gilley, who was inspired by an illustration in a book about birds of the world. Signed "Gilley" on bottom of driftwood branch. Underside of base marked "Native of India, Sumatra, Indo China".
  • 20.01.127
1460Snowy Owl, Male
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Owl looking over left shoulder, glass eyes, wire toes. Signed "Gilley" on rear of driftwood base. Underside of base stamped Wendell H. Gilley.
  • 89.3.20
1503Spotted sandpiper
  • Carving, Almost Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Adult standing on weathered driftwood base, right leg retracted, neck slightly outstretched, head erect and looking ahead, bill curved slightly downward ; glass eyes, wire legs and metal feet. Signed on top of base near left foot: "Gilley" in felt tip pen ; also on underside, "Spotted Sandpiper by W.H. Gilley, 1979"
  • 20.01.017
1256Black Duck
  • Carving, Decoy
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Bottom inscribed "Black Duck by W.H. Gilley. Made for Robert Kurtz." Dated 4/18/67.
  • 89.3.18
1448Semipalmated Plover
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Adult on small driftwood base ; body appears to be "bobbing" downward ; tail swept up, wing tips folded over ; glass eyes, wire legs and metal feet ; body covered overall with finely incised lines. Signed, dated and marked "Semipalmated Plover (Lifesize) by W.H. Gilley, 1975" on underside of base.
  • 81.7.1
1469Belted Kingfishers, Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Belted Kingfishers by Wendell Gilley 1977. Also stamped "W.H. Gilley"
  • 20.01.136
1470Pileated Woodpecker
  • Carving, Almost Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Made especially for Francis W. Rawle" and signed "by W.H. Gilley".
  • 95.1.1
1504Yellow-shafted Flicker
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
One of sixty-one carvings exhibited in a major museum retrospective "Downeast Bird Carvings by Wendell Gilley" at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia in 1976/77. Adult male northern flicker in a feeding position on driftwood mount ; glass eyes, cast lead feet with curved talons "gripping" the curves of the driftwood ; signed "Gilley" in black ink on lower left of the upper surface of the mount ; additionally signed on the flat underside of the base in three separate areas: "Yellow-shafted Flicker" and "By W.H. Gilley 1969" and "Made especially for Dr. & Mrs. J.L. Hollander." [show more]