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Plaque

Object Number: 
1938.320
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Wood, paint, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 26 1/4 x 17 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 66.7 x 45.4 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
painted: across banner at the bottom: "EXCELSIOR" handwritten: reverse: "359 / 169"
Description: 
Vertical arched oval painting from fire engine plaque, with metal tabs at the top and bottom center; image of spread-eagle perched on globe depicting the northern hemisphere; 2 allegorical female figures in empire-style costume, figure on the left is blindfolded and holds a sword ("Justice"), figure on the right holds liberty cap at the end of a pole ("Liberty"); cartouche between the figures with landscape scene showing a river and sun burst; red banner below with "EXCELSIOR" across; image encircled with 2 rows of scroll and acanthus leaf design.
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: 
Gift of 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