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Architectural fragment

Architectural fragment
Architectural fragment
ca. 1870-1910
Painted stone or concrete
Overall (Irregular): 24 x 20 x 13 in. (61 x 50.8 x 33 cm)
Sculptural bust of a hunched sailor, dressed in sailor shirt, neckerchief, and beret, holding a ship's block and rigging. Sailor bust is mounted on a small attached rectangular base with an irregular surface.
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Leyden
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This architectural fragment was on of three similar busts (two now lost) collected by New Yorker Bernard Leyden (1915-2009) between 1967 and 1970. Leyden was the president of the Leyden Shipping Corporation (established 1950), a maritime freighting firm located at 38 Pearl Street. Leyden reportedly salvaged the busts from a Pearl Street building being demolished across the street from his office building. Leyden's son, Brian (the donor), believes that his father probably purchased the busts from a contractor involved in a Pearl Street building demolition.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group