Black Americana 1920s – 1930s Hand Painted Jazz Band Display, Large

A fantastic recent estate find. A set of 6 black – African American Jazz Musicians with their jazz instruments. The set includes a drummer, a lead singer, piano player, saxophone and trombone players, and a bass player. The set is said to be from Jazz Club in the 1920s, and was possibly modeled after Duke Ellington’s band.

These were often displayed in club windows advertising live jazz band music.  

The figures are quite large, measuring up to 22″ or 57 cm in height for the stand up musicians. The figures are very heavy, weighing several pounds each. They are likely made from either resin or other molded material. The figures are intricately hand painted and carved, with intricate details of facial expression, folds of the clothes, and instruments. The set was obviously made before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, with caricature-like depiction of black facial expressions. The drummer is equipped with a full free standing set of percussion instruments. The stands and cymbals are made from brass. In spite of my careful examination, we are unable to locate any markings or signatures.

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