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Jack-in-the box

Object Number: 
1937.1260
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Wood, composition, textile, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall (open): 4 x 2 3/4 x 5 in. (10.2 x 7 x 12.7 cm)
Description: 
Wooden jack-in-the-box with clown figure in wooden box decorated with dots cut out of paper and stuck on to box; composition clown head with molded and painted facial features including blue eyes, wide red mouth, and slashes of orange on cheeks, with blue cap; head is mounted on wooden disk covered with orange cloth; metal coil is covered with paper sleeve.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group