Black Americana folk art carved figure, possibly by Pierre Charles Dutreuil Barjon, a free man of color working in New Orleans 1813 – 1856, or his son Dutreuil Barjon, Jr. Carved hardwood, likely cypress, figure depicting a young African American man, seated and attired in a suit with his arms held upright, likely originally attached to another carved object. Initialed on the soles of both feet "D.B.", additionally initialled to the underside of the body "LBC" and "DA". 44 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W x 14 1/2" D. Mid-19th century. Artist Biography: Pierre Charles Dutreuil Barjon was born in Jeremie, Haiti at the turn of the nineteenth-century and immigrated to New Orleans with his mother in 1813. He apprenticed with cabinetmaker Jean Rousseau (active 1814-1828), also a free man of color, and established his own firm at 245 Royal Street in 1821. His son Dutreuil Barjon, Jr. was born in 1823 and also learned the craft of furniture making. The elder Barjon retired to Paris in 1856, leaving the operations of the firm to his son. Source: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/ Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Older varnished surface. Head with an old, clean break and reattached. Losses to front left knee and back (possible from being attached to another object and/or insect damage). Some scattered vertical wood shrinkage noted to back of head, back and front torso. Insect damage on left foot, back of one leg, and underside of body.
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