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Banjo Player*

Item Description

Absolutely stunning and very rare model of a Negro gentleman entertainer playing the banjo.  He has a great face and is dressed in quite some style – what a character he must have been.  The detail is quite amazing, from his clothes and shoes right down to the chair and the stage on which he sits.

We’ve only ever seen one other example of this particular sculpture, in an upmarket Paris antique shop, with an asking price of 5000 euros !

We believe this figure to have been originally sculpted by the Italian artist Pietro Calvi and it was suggested (by the Paris antique shop owner) that this model might have been produced by the Maresch or Bloch workshops.  The only marks under the base are the numbers 16 and 2057.

In lovely overall condition with an old repair to the end of the banjo.

Almost certainly late 19th C. and with a height of 36 cm.

Ref: 11834

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