Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 140

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
(ART.) CURRIER AND IVES. Collection of 14 original chromolithographs. average size 13x17 inches, with a few slightly larger or smaller depending on the margins. Four have a few chips or tears in the margins, not affecting the images in any way. All are depictions of African-Americans in stereotypical poses and situations, and all are printed using the heavier oil-based inks that Currier and Ives used for their better quality prints. should be seen New York, 1881-1890

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A fine, representational assortment of Currier and Ives stereotypical prints. All have African-American themes, ranging from the mildly humorous to outright racist. The subjects are football matches, baseball games, boxing and so forth. But two, titled "A Skin Game," and "The Skinner Skinned," are also most certainly anti-Semitic, depicting a highly exaggerated Jewish shoemaker and his intended "victim," an equally exaggerated African American. These two prints are quite rare, the first examples we have seen.