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Snuff bottle

Object Number: 
1937.1540
Date: 
1830-1870
Medium: 
Glass, cork, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 in. ( 11.4 x 7 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Brown nonlead glass snuff bottle blown in a three-part mold with rudimentary neck, rounded shoulder, rectangular body with flat chamfers, and circular mark on base; pasted on sides, remains of blue paper label printed in black with scroll and "5"; cork wedged in mouth.
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