Mecene Jacques Collection consists of a wooden chair in the likeness of a mermaid, "the Mermaid Chair," created by Haitian-American furniture-maker Mecene Jacques in 1995. Jacques carved the chair in the form of a mermaid, which is a symbolic figure common in parts of the Caribbean.
Mecene Jacques (b. 1925) was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to the United States during the economic and political turmoil that embroiled Haiti in the 1990s. Like many other Haitian immigrants, Jacques brought to this country not only his craft and skills, but also a creative vision fueled by the folklore and vibrant cultural traditions of Haiti. He set up a studio close to Washington, D.C. where he sculpts furniture and other pieces which feature motifs drawn from his cultural heritage.
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum