Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
RARE ABOLITIONIST COSMETIC POWDER-BOX (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) WEDGEWOOD, JOSAIH. Am I Not a Man and a Brother. Women's oval porcelain glazed brass powder box 2 x 1-1/2 inches in diameter, by one inch deep; convex top bearing a transfer of the classic kneeling slave in chains; in the background a slave ship and a scene of a hut, presumably the captive's home; a tiny mirror in the inside of the lid; two faint early hairline cracks in the lid England, circa 1800

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An exquisite little abolitionist's makeup box which, given the men's styles of the day could have served either sex. The image of the kneeling slave was designed by the noted porcelain manufacturer, Josiah Wedgewood for the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society as their motto. The theme of "Am I not a Man and a Brother, was taken up by the American counterpart, but substituted a woman for the man. The earliest version of the latter was engraved by African American artist Patrick Reason.