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Black Americana Items

Collectors appreciate black Americana items for the window that they provide into a historical epoch in the United States as well as for their innate artistic merits. Many black Americana items are considered controversial today, as they were made during a time of widespread intolerance and bigotry in the decades following the enslavement of African Americans.

Black Americana items nonetheless offer a fascinating perspective on the history of race relations in America. Items that depict cartoonish caricatures of black people with dramatically exaggerated features such as Aunt Jemima reveal the prevailing attitudes of the American public during a vastly different era. They also show how far the general population has come in terms of tolerance.

Black Americana items that were created by African Americans during or shortly subsequent to slavery are treasured for their idiosyncratic beauty and modern aesthetic. These include the quilts of Gee's Bend.


Quick Facts

  • The quilts from Gee's Bend on the Alabama River traveled to various fine art museums in 2014 including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Gee's Bend quilts look like abstract and geometric modern art paintings and routinely sell for tens of thousands of dollars when presented at auction
  • The esteemed contemporary artist Kara Walker reprises the aesthetic of black Americana caricature in her artworks, which often tender scathing political commentary on race relations

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Black Americana Shakers
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Black Americana Shakers
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$247 Bids
Group of Black Americana Advertising Memorabilia
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Black Americana Advertising Memorabilia
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$1106 Bids
Lot of 2 Black Americana Advertising Fans
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of 2 Black Americana Advertising Fans
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$304 Bids
Black Americana Georgetown Plantation Police Shackles
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Black Americana Georgetown Plantation Police Shackles
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$102 Bids
(2) Black Americana Board Games
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) Black Americana Board Games
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$251 Bid
(44) Black Americana Stereo View Cards
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(44) Black Americana Stereo View Cards
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$751 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 6" High
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 6" High
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 7" High
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 7" High
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 4" H x 4" W
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Black Americana 4" H x 4" W
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Dated Black Americana Slave Auction Notice Poster
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Dated Black Americana Slave Auction Notice Poster
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Large Group of Black Americana Advertising Cards
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Group of Black Americana Advertising Cards
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Black Americana Male Cookie Jar
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Black Americana Male Cookie Jar
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
NEW ENGLAND QUEEN ANNE TIGER MAPLE SIDECHAIR
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
NEW ENGLAND QUEEN ANNE TIGER MAPLE SIDECHAIR
by CRN Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Vintage 1940's Black Americana Aunt Jemima & Uncle Moses Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1940's Black Americana Aunt Jemima & Uncle Moses Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Vintage Cast Iron Black Americana 5" High
by Artelisted
Est: $100- $300
$181 Bid
Black Americana Jig Dancer Toy
Oct 26, 2:00 PM EDT
Black Americana Jig Dancer Toy
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Dated Black Americana Negroes for Sale Notice Poster
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Dated Black Americana Negroes for Sale Notice Poster
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
African American History, Black Americana Theme, Martin
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Black Americana Theme, Martin
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
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Gianfranco Antoni, Bambina americana in rosso.
Oct 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Gianfranco Antoni, Bambina americana in rosso.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
Black Americana Signed Cotton Farmers Oil Painting
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Black Americana Signed Cotton Farmers Oil Painting
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
(5) Black Americana Photographs Military Naval Men
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(5) Black Americana Photographs Military Naval Men
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Black Americana Items


Dana J. Tharp Auctions

Dana J. Tharp Auctions

Artelisted

Artelisted

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service