A Tropical Harvest

CDV-format albumen print circa 1870, probably from Brazil, showing two elegantly attired and leisurely european-heritage women surrounded by tropical fruits and a black servant holding sugar cane. The sitters and other objects are identified on the reverse in a Portuguese inscription.   Price: $350.   ( Inventory# id700 )

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In contrast to its Spanish-speaking Latin American neighbors, the language of Brazil is Portuguese, and I am told the objects shown in image are typical of that country.

The beginning of inscription seem to refer to the black servant and to use the term "saguim" which is a type of small tree-climbing monkey (marmoset). It is worth noting that slavery in Brazil continued to the end of 19th century, being abolished only in 1888.

 

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