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African American Paintings

The estimated 305,326 enslaved people sent from Africa to the British colonies of America between 1626 and 1866 brought with them their distinct cultural traditions; they created craft and art objects including drums, quilts, and ceramic mugs. Joshua Johnston of Maryland was the first African American artist to work in a Western tradition. He made painted portraits of slaveholders between 1790 and 1825.

African Americans continued the portrait painting tradition through the 1800s, and were especially active in Louisiana. The leading artists went to Paris where they trained with academicians and enjoyed life outside the American master-slave paradigm.

In the 1920s, thousands of artists depicted lynchings, self-portraits, migration, and police brutality; and explored the full gamut... Read more

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A significant de luxe grenade gun, South German, circa 1610/20

May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Munich, Germany

€18,000 (starting bid)

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Luntenschlossgewehr mit sächsischer Abnahme, Zell um 1620

May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Munich, Germany

€1,400 (starting bid)

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Militärischer Radschlosskarabiner, Nürnberg um 1620/30

May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Munich, Germany

€4,000 (starting bid)

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