This rare and perhaps unique African Blackamoor Pickaninny Boy Fob Pendant is made of steel or pot metal and partially enameled. It is in very nice condition but shows signs of wear. The pickaninny boy has yellow enamel pants worn through in the butt and waist areas slightly. The lips retain a great deal of their cherry red enamel. The whites of the eyes are also enameled. This little hard worker is carrying what would seem to be a log or barrel (brass cylinder) on his shoulder. The piece shows wonderful patina and the stanhope view is quite clear and easy to see. Made in 1900 for sale at the World Expo in Paris. That expo theme was "An overview of the 19th Century". This piece likely represented the importance of African Art at the time or maybe it celebrates the contributions the African Moors made toward developing and advancing technologies in Spain and Europe, where they ruled for several centuries. Certainly, it is a fine memento of bygone times and a very rare piece as well. This had been the only one we had seen until recently when we acquired another as part of a fine collection. The recent version is enameled in a different color scheme. The single image showing the Palace of Ceramics further adds to it's collector appeal as the majority of stanhopes from that period show multi-views. The stanhope lens has a good view but there is some bubbling on one outside edge but it is not in the image area.
The stanhope photo shows the Palais de la Ceramique and the title in French reads as follows:
Palais de la Ceramique
Exposition Universelle 1900