Italian carved, gilded and polychrome painted wood blackamoor jardiniere figure, depicting a young female kneeling atop a decorated pillow and attired in an ornately decorated tasseled dress with golden sash, green and gold armbands, and cape, supporting a large seashell form basin with her arms and shoulder; mounted atop an integral painted wood pedestal with square base. Base – 4 1/2" H x 18" W x 18 3/4" D. Figure – 37" H x 32" W x 23" D. Late 19th century. Provenance: the estate of Victor T. Patterson, Franklin, TN. Note: born in Georgia and educated at the Parsons School of Design, Victor Patterson served as a cultural representative to Russia with Dwight D. Eisenhower's "People to People" program (prior to its privatization) before moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pursue a career in interior design. He was associated with Bradford's for many years before starting his own business. He decorated the Tennessee Governor's Mansion and the home of several country music stars in the 1970s, and filled his home on Franklin's historic Fourth Avenue with art and antiques from his frequent travels. CONDITION: Scattered surface and paint losses, chips, age cracks to wood, and general wear.
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