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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

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Vintage 1940's Pearl China Co. Hand Decorated 22kt Gold "Cooky" Black Americana Cookie Jar
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1940's Pearl China Co. Hand Decorated 22kt Gold "Cooky" Black Americana Cookie Jar
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11011 Bids
3--Vintage Black Americana Advertisement
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
3--Vintage Black Americana Advertisement
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$607 Bids
Vintage 1940's Hand Painted Blue Dress Aunt Jemima Black Americana Ceramic Cookie Jar
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1940's Hand Painted Blue Dress Aunt Jemima Black Americana Ceramic Cookie Jar
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$756 Bids
Vintage c. 1950 Black Americana Mammy Figural Plastic Wall Hanging Notepad Holder
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage c. 1950 Black Americana Mammy Figural Plastic Wall Hanging Notepad Holder
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Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
(5pc) Vtg Black Americana Cookie Jar, Shakers
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
(5pc) Vtg Black Americana Cookie Jar, Shakers
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Est: $0- $0
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Antique Uncle Mose Cast Iron Black Americana Still Bank w/ Original Paint 11" Tall
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Uncle Mose Cast Iron Black Americana Still Bank w/ Original Paint 11" Tall
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Est: $0- $0
$755 Bids
FIGURAL TOBACCO JAR.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
FIGURAL TOBACCO JAR.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$1255 Bids
Vintage 1940's McCoy Pottery Mammy Black Americana Wall Hanging String Holder w/ String
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1940's McCoy Pottery Mammy Black Americana Wall Hanging String Holder w/ String
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
[LITHOGRAPHY]. [AFRICAN-AMERICANA]. Group of Eleven Trade C...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[LITHOGRAPHY]. [AFRICAN-AMERICANA]. Group of Eleven Trade C...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Stacy Lambert N.C. Folk Art Pottery Black Americana Face Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Stacy Lambert N.C. Folk Art Pottery Black Americana Face Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Vintage 1938 Black Americana Minstrel Book w/ Charts, Jokes, Poems and Songs
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1938 Black Americana Minstrel Book w/ Charts, Jokes, Poems and Songs
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage 1950's Enesco Japan Black Americana Chef & Mammy Salt & Pepper Set
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1950's Enesco Japan Black Americana Chef & Mammy Salt & Pepper Set
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Black Americana Cast Stone Garden Seated Fishing Figure
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Black Americana Cast Stone Garden Seated Fishing Figure
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Vintage Old South Beer "Full of Good Cheer" Black Americana Advertising Porcelain Sign
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Old South Beer "Full of Good Cheer" Black Americana Advertising Porcelain Sign
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
[LITHOGRAPHY]. [AFRICAN-AMERICANA]. “Shut the Door! Use Bos...
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[LITHOGRAPHY]. [AFRICAN-AMERICANA]. “Shut the Door! Use Bos...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1502 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Black Americana Items


One Source Auctions

One Source Auctions

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction