|Title:||Haitian Metal Art|
|Description:||A Haitian metal sculpture of a figure with small beasts and fleur de lis (?) on the shoulders.|
|Condition:||In excellent condition but is rusty on the back . It has some scratches on the front which may have always been there.|
|Origin:||Purchased in 1970 from the person who purchased it in Haiti.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information. The artwork submitted for inquiry is an original metal sculpture created by Haitian artist and sculptor Janvier Louis-Juste (LouisJuste) (XX) Haiti. This artist was born in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti and active in his homeland as a sculptor. Croix des Bouquets is an area where many of the noted Haitian artists and sculptors are located. The area is near to the capital city of Port-Au-Printce. Janvier Louis-Juste and his brother Seresier Louis-Juste created unique metal sculptures, most of which were made from recycled steel oil drums. Janvier Louis-Juste was most active with regard to his career as a metal sculptor during the mid to late 20th Century and for the most part during the 1960's and 1970's. There is no information regarding a birth date or death date for either of the brothers and there is information stating that the two artists still reside in Croix des Bouquets. Janvier's sculptures are usually based on themes such as traditional Haitian folk art, symbolic figures and religious themes. Sculptures could be images of figures such as bats, birds, snakes, sea creatures or the human figure. The metal sculpture that you possess is an image of a male figure who may have symbolic meaning, perhaps as a character in folklore or religion. The metal sculpture that you possess was most likely completed during the 1960's by the artist. There is no information included with this inquiry regarding a signature or monogram of the artist as being located on the sculpture. The rust on the sculpture does not vary the evaluations stated within this appraisal. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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