Very Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American MinstrelVery Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American Minstrel

It is my pleasure to offer you a highly unusual Continental bronze sculpture of an African-American traveling minstrel. He wears a top hat, holds a cane and would be the one who led the minstrel show like a ringmaster. His features are somewhat exaggerated, although nothing like the much later derogatory stereotypical depictions all of us have seen. The depiction of Africans as subjects in the fine arts in the 19th c. was not necessarily an easy sell, and therefore examples are not easy to find.
This was before the abundance of later kitschy tourist souvenirs which flooded the market as people began to travel and explore America. A nice and hard to find addition to your Americana collection.

Condition : Black flesh tone patina losses and wear. Brown patina of clothing and other areas have wear from handling. A trail of oxidation from moisture back/left side of head. I refrained from any restoration in regards to authenticity and too fresh an appearance. If anyone would rather purchase the minstrel restored, I have an excellent specialist who could do so. I would only charge my cost for work, although expect to have to wait a few months for the process.

Size : 8 3/8" (21.27 cm) Tall // 4" (10.16 cm) Base Diameter

Item ID: 039 - Wv

Very Rare Late 19th c. Continental Bronze of an African-American Minstrel

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