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Rectangular curved wooden board covered with geometric chip carved decoration; carved wooden handle attached to lower end of board.
Used to smooth linen, mangle boards were a traditional courtship gift in northern Europe, particularly in Holland, northern Germany, and Scandinavia. Damp fabric was wrapped around a wooden roller and placed on a flat table. The mangle was then balanced on the roller and firmly passed backwards and forwards to smooth the linen.
This mangle board 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.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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