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Rare African American Quilt, circa 1900


An exceptional African-American quilt made in rural Mcintosh County, Georgia, no later than 1900 and most likely somewhat earlier. This incredible piece of handiwork has much in common with the well-known quilts of Gee's Bend, but is a much earlier, independent creation, probably crafted by a former slave from scraps of used work clothing. The overall effect is nothing less than a strong pre-cursor to 20th century. abstract art. Michael Kimmelman's review of the Gee's Bend quilts in the New York Times called them 'some of the most miraculous works of modern art American has produced' and went on to describe them as a version of Matisse and Klee arising in the rural South. This quilt clearly falls into the same category. Originally part of the collection of African-American art expert, Carroll Greene, of Savannah, Georgia. It was sourced from his estate after his death in 2007.


  • Creator
    Unknown (Maker)
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    1900 or Earlier
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. This piece is in all original, unrestored condition. Hanging loops (in red, at the top edge) were added by Mr. Greene and are not original to the piece..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H .07 in. x W 64 in. x D 71 in.

    H 1.78 mm x W 162.56 cm x D 180.34 cm

  • Seller location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference number

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