Among the very few pieces of Black Americana that is worthy of collecting as an example of true American folk art. If it were in perfect condition, this piece would command a staggering sum. We’re just hoping that it finds it’s way to a new owner who has the wherewithall to restore or at least preserve it. Properly restored, it will be truly museum worthy. A striking reminder of civil war era American racism, executed by a naive individual with tremendous God-given artistic talent.
Today we are presenting for sale a rare and important 19th century Black Americana papier mache charger with original painting! This Victorian Black Americana painting is beautifully painted and executed. The colorful and detailed scene depicts a stylized young African American boy sitting on the ground eating a large slice of watermelon while a hornet flies above him and a curious black puppy tries to jump over the lower half of a Dutch door in a cottage. In the background a mountainous range and large lake can be seen being observed by a man wearing a hat. The painting is executed on a papier mache round charger surface and features colorful and muted colors. The piece is a superb example of naive folk-style Black Americana. Unsigned. Painting is in as-found antique condition, with wear and patina commensurate with age. There are minor cracks and numerous losses to painting surface; paper mache backing is warped. Please review all photos before purchasing. This rare painting will make a fine addition to any well-curated Black Americana collection…Fresh to the market from a Rhode Island estate!
Dimensions: 14-1/8″ in diameter, 1/8″ in thickness
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