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Medicine chest

Object Number: 
1937.1380
Date: 
1840-1880
Medium: 
Mahogany, glass, textile, cork, paper
Dimensions: 
Chest: 8 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (21.6 x 24.4 x 16.8 cm)
Marks: 
printed: on paper label pasted to inside of lid: "Rushton & Aspinwall./DRUGGISTS AND CHEMISTS/110 BROADWAY/86 WILLIAM ST. & 10 ASTOR HOUSE./NEW-[paper torn]" printed: on paper labels pasted across shoulders of bottles: "SUP. CARBONATE of SODA"; "SPIRITS
Description: 
Rectangular mahogany medicine chest with flat, hinged lid, brass rosette mounts and bail handle on top, brass rectangular escutcheon with chamfers, and drawer at bottom with circular handle flush with mount; inside of lid padded and covered with green velvet; upper section of chest (above drawer) divided into fifteen square compartments covered in green velvet, containing six colorless glass apothecary bottles blown in a mold with wide mouth, rounded shoulders, square base with pontil mark, and pressed glass stopper, four colorless glass apothecary bottles blown in a mold with narrow mouth, rounded shoulders, square base with pontil mark, and pressed glass stopper, one colorless glass bottle blown in a mold with short cylindrical neck, rounded shoulders, square base, and metal screw top, two larger round colorless glass bottles with corks, and one round bottle with longer cylindrical neck, flared lip, and remains of cork in mouth; in drawer, companion booklet, cardboard cylinder covered with paper containing adhesive plasters, small paper packet, and five small round colorless glass bottles, four with corks and one with slightly different cork; felt attached to bottom.
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