Chest with drawers

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Wood (probably oak), paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 7 3/4 x 6 in. ( 15.2 x 19.7 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Oak chest painted with red and white flowers on yellow ground; floral decoration framed with white, red, and black bands on each side; solid blue back; four bun feet; upper interior cavity painted white and red; front doors swing open revealing five polychromed drawers with turned handles.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.8524
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.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
28100
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bridebox

Classification: 
Date: 
1826
Medium: 
Wood (probably cedar), metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 19.4 x 48.9 x 29.8 cm )
Description: 
Oval wooden bridebox and lid of bent side wood secured with strips of wood laced through holes; cover and sides painted in yellow, black, white, red, and green with image of bride and groom on cover with floral swag, border and German letters; sides decorated with stylized tulips and swirling patterns in background.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1109ab
Marks: 
painted: on box lid: "In Jahr Christi 1826" Nadelman Collection label on underside: "2530/Am"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed around the edge of the lid in German: "Keinen andern sag ich zu daß er mir mein Herz aufthu"; dated at lower center: "In Jahr Christi 1826"
Gallery Label: 
Brideboxes with this type of decoration were common among Pennsylvania Germans. They were intended for keeping wearing apparel and often were presented by a man to his intended bride as a gift to store her fragile items.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1826
eMuseum Object ID: 
28052
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cradle

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1868
Medium: 
Wood, probably walnut
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (56.5 x 95.3 x 54.6 cm)
Description: 
Rocking cradle with turned spindles and finials (along sides) and slatted bottom, and with molded headboards and footboards.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Susan Eleanor Wood Gearhart
Object Number: 
2008.21
Marks: 
Stenciled label attached to bottom: "P.S. Holsapple, /MANUFACTURER OF/BEDSTEADS/CRIBS and CRADLES, Cohoes, NY."
Inscriptions: 

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Gallery Label: 
This cradle was originally owned by Capt. Ira (1834-86) and Johnnette Brinckerhoff (1845-1932) Wood, who acquired it for their son Frederic Kenyon Wood (1868-1939). Ira Wood descended from New England patriots, was a graduate of West Point, and a distinguished Civil War veteran who organized and commanded the 12th New York State Volunteer Infantry. He later became a prominent upstate merchant and champion fly-cast fisherman. Wood married Johnette Brinckerhoff in 1867. Brinckerhoff was a descendant of the early Dutch settler Joris Brinckerhoff (arrived ca. 1638-41). The cradle was purchased for their son, Frederic Kenyon Wood, who retained the cradle throughout his life.
Provenance: 
The donor is a great-granddaughter of Ira and Johnnette Wood and the granddaughter of F. K. Wood.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1873
eMuseum Object ID: 
63198
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Side chair

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1880
Medium: 
Walnut, steel wire, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 33 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 18 in. ( 84.5 x 52.1 x 45.7 cm )
Description: 
Walnut side chair with square back containing six vertical turned spindles; turned front legs running on diagonal angle to connect with seat back; raked rear legs; U-shaped undercarriage. Original fabric-covered steel wire upholstery under modern seat cushion. Traces of red paint in rondels on seat back.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ronald S. Kane
Object Number: 
2005.12
Marks: 
Impressed marks on rear of proper left leg: [H]UNZIGER; [P]AT APRIL 16, 1876; NY/MARCH/1869
Gallery Label: 
New York City furniture maker George Hunzinger (1835-1898) was one of the most innovative furniture designers of the late 19th century. The idiosyncratic German-trained cabinetmaker emigrated to New York in 1855, fleeing the economic turmoil of his native country. Fascinated with the latest technology and inventions, Hunzinger became a prolific inventor and leader in the patent furniture industry. This Hunzinger side chair incorporates the technologies of two patents that represent the designer's progressive innovations. In 1869, Hunzinger patented a diagonal side brace that extended from both corners of the crest rail, attached to the midpoint of the side of the seat, and then continued to form the front legs, a structural innovation intended to strengthen chairs. His 1876 patent provided an ingenious alternative to traditionally upholstered chairs: a woven flat wire covered with a woven textile in a grid pattern, which fit into grooved channels on the seat and back frame. Hunzinger announced: "The chair seat or back is made with reference to the use of wire in place of cane, to form an openwork seat, and to insure great strength and beauty, and to facilitae the interweaving of wires." As in this example, the 1876 patent was often incorporated with the 1869 diagonal brace patent. The side chair's simple, crisp turnings and efficient design anticipate modernism, while the curved undercarriage evokes ancient Roman curule chairs.
Provenance: 
According to the donor, the side chair was owned by two unmarried daughters of George Hunzinger, who lived in a spacious apartment at 37 Riverside Drive through the 1960s. The chair was later owned by a companion/caregiver of the sisters, and was acquired by Mr. Kane about five years ago from the daughter of the companion.
Bibliography: 
Barry R. Harwood, "The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in Nineteenth-Century America," (Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1997), pp. 50, 95.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1885
eMuseum Object ID: 
59452
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Gaming table

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1810-1820
Medium: 
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, tulip poplar, light and dark wood inlays, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/2 x 19 x 32 in. ( 74.9 x 48.3 x 81.3 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular gaming table with hinged leaves having canted corners; inlaid checkerboard top that slides on grooves; beneath it, a well containing an inlaid backgammon board. Single drawer with mahogany veneered drawer front and applied brass molding along the bottom; cyma curved table legs (later replacements) terminate in brass casters; each leg with carved leafage at the top and applied turned roundels at top and bottom. X-shaped stretchers with applied turned roundel where they meet at the center.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Natalia Icaza Holland (Mrs. Stuart Holland)
Object Number: 
2005.11a-d
Gallery Label: 
This table was donated by a direct descendant of John Pintard (1759-1844), one of the founders of the New-York Historical Society, and is said to have belonged to him. The original section of the table exhibits a high level of craftsmanship and is consistent, in both style and construction, with furniture made by Duncan Phyfe and his contemporaries in the 1810s and '20s.
Provenance: 
John Pintard (1759-1844) m. Elizabeth Brasher (1765-1838); to their daughter Louise (b. 1796) m. Thomas L. Servoss (1786-1866); to their son Elias Boudinot Servoss (1827-1901) m. Maria Henry (1835-1913); to their son Elias Boudinot Servoss (1868-1897) m. Clarissa Lyman (b. 1868); to their daughter Kathryn Servoss (b. 1895) m. Carlos Icaza de Arosomena (of Panama) (b. 1895); to their son Frank Highet Icaza m. B. A. Hungerford Latimer; to their son Carlos Boudinot Icaza.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1820
eMuseum Object ID: 
59451
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cupboard

Classification: 
Medium: 
Wood
Description: 
Wood cupboard; drop front upper compartment, 3 sliding doors with carved in semi-circular grips give access to lower cupboard interior.
Object Number: 
156
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
58543
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

High chest lower case

Classification: 
Date: 
1690-1720
Medium: 
Walnut, oak, pine, maple
Dimensions: 
overall: 58 x 40 1/2 x 24 in.
Description: 
Lower case of walnut-veneered William & Mary high chest of drawers has long drawer over skirt cut with three rounded arches, with six turned trumpet-shaped legs with flat scrolled stretchers and ball feet; piece has been reworked and rebuilt.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number: 
1944.198b
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1720
eMuseum Object ID: 
58482
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

High chest upper case

Classification: 
Date: 
1690-1720
Medium: 
Walnut, oak, pine, maple
Dimensions: 
overall: 58 x 40 1/2 x 24 in.
Description: 
Upper case of walnut-veneered William & Mary high chest of drawers, molded cornice with two shorter drawers over three graduated drawers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number: 
1944.198a
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1720
eMuseum Object ID: 
58481
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cabinet for vase

Classification: 
Medium: 
Wood, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 1/8 x 17 3/4 in. ( 91.8 x 45.1 cm )
Description: 
Triangular corner cabinet with rounded glass front door; painted yellow; metal inscription plaque above door "Presented to Chauncey M. Depew by the French Governement in recognition of his oration on the occasion of the unveiling of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. October 28th 1886."
Object Number: 
1946.6b
Marks: 
Label: Inscribed on metal plaque: "Presented to Chauncey M. Depew by the French Governement in recognition of his oration on the occasion of the unveiling of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. October 28th 1886."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
56190
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Statuette: Charles le Temeraire

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1853
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 x 10 x 8 1/2 in. ( 61 x 25.4 x 21.6 cm )
Description: 
Standing figure of man in armor; proper left arm lowered holding long swaord; right gauntlet on ground. Titled in base: "CHARLES LE TEMERAIRE" Engraved in base: "Boyer" Stamped in Base: "ROBINET"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Josephine Willis
Object Number: 
1935.6c
Marks: 
Stamped: Titled in base: "CHARLES LE TEMERAIRE" Inscribed: Engraved in base: "Boyer" Stamped: In base: "ROBINET" Inscribed: In ink on reverse of base: "Charles Le Temeraire/de Boyer N. 81"
Gallery Label: 
This clock and figures were supposedly exhibited in 1853 at the New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations at the Crystal Palace, where they received a prize in their particular class group. After the exhibition they were purchased by the donor's grandfather, Alfred Willis, and given to Mr. and Mrs. John P. Willis, father and mother of the donor.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1853
eMuseum Object ID: 
55606
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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