Cookie board

Date: 
1780-1830
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 1/4 × 7 1/4 × 7/8 in. (33.7 × 18.4 × 2.2 cm)
Description: 
Rectangular wooden cookie board carved on both sides with four separate images of circus animals doing tricks with performers or trainers.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.1030
Marks: 
intaglio (inverted): on obverse: "schöne / Raritäten"
Inscriptions: 
handwritten in ink: on collector's label affxied to side: "2474 / Swiss"
Gallery Label: 
Pastry shops used molds like these to create large cookies out of gingerbread or colored sugar dough, similar to the tiny "Devisen" cookies popular among children. The mold evokes the early tradition of traveling carnivals and circuses in Switzerland, with two equestrian performers on one side and a Cabinet of Curiosities - the children peek into a box of "Schöne Raritäten," or wondrous rarities - and bear tamer on the other. Not only does the mold convey its Swiss roots in the style and costume of the carved figures, but also equestrian performers were beloved in Switzerland and the bear was the symbol of the Swiss capital of Bern, where tamed dancing bears were a popular tourist attraction. 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: 
Purchased from Howard, Sept. 1928; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
32746
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cake board

Date: 
1780-1830
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/8 × 5/8 in. (30.8 × 1.6 cm)
Description: 
Circular wooden cake board elaborately carved with image of the Nativity surrounded by a border of leaves, flowers, and birds.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.1010
Inscriptions: 
handwritten in ink: on paper collector's label affixed to reverse: "2223 / Swiss" stamped in ink: on reverse: "THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY / FOLK ARTS COLLECTION / November 17, 1937"
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: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
32647
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cake board

Date: 
ca. 1790
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. ( 3.2 x 31.8 cm )
Description: 
Circular wooden cake board carved with image of a Paschal lamb, a banner with a cross on it, flowers and "1790" surrounded by a stylized foliate band; two notched finger gripping holes on reverse.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1353
Marks: 
intaglio (inverted): on obverse: "1790" impressed: on reverse: "GM"
Inscriptions: 
handwritten in ink: on collector's label affixed to reverse: "2497" handwritten in yellow pencil: on reverse: "228 / 7 pieces"
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: 
C. Vandevere Howard, New York City, 1928; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1790
eMuseum Object ID: 
32645
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cake board

Highlight: 
Display this item in the highlights
Date: 
1825-1835
Medium: 
Wood (possibly mahogany)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 14 1/2 x 1 in. ( 20.3 x 36.8 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular wooden (possibly mahogany) cake board carved on one side with image of three firemen pulling Manhattan fire engine number 8 within a swag and star oval frame; reverse carved with image of three firemen pulling Superior fire engine number 17 within an oval foliate frame.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1562
Marks: 
carved: on obverse: "MANHATTAN" (above fire engine) and "8" (2 times on engine) carved: on reverse: ""SUPERIOR" (above fire engine) and "17" (on engine)
Gallery Label: 
Molds created in New York were often elaborate and large, depicting major events of the day or simply embellished with symbols of luck and the new year. One of the most famous mold makers was John Conger, who was actually a baker by trade, but who oversaw a workshop of carvers in New York City that created some of the finest molds made in this country. Conger's period of activity ran from about 1825 to 1845. Conger molds have often survived in better shape than most because he used dense Honduran mahogany, which held up better under repeated washings.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1835
eMuseum Object ID: 
32643
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Cake board

Date: 
1825-1835
Medium: 
Wood (possibly mahogany)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 3/4 x 26 x 1 1/2 in. ( 40 x 66 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular wood (possibly mahogany) cake board decorated with elaborately carved figures of "Brittania," "Greece," and "America" beneath an eagle with spread wings, all within an oval foliate frame.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.591
Marks: 
carved: on obverse: "BRITTANIA / GREECE / AMERICA"
Gallery Label: 
Molds created in New York were often elaborate and large, depicting major events of the day or simply embellished with symbols of luck and the new year. One of the most famous mold makers was John Conger, who was actually a baker by trade, but who oversaw a workshop of carvers in New York City that created some of the finest molds made in this country. Conger's period of activity ran from about 1825 to 1845. Conger molds have often survived in better shape than most because he used dense Honduran mahogany, which held up better under repeated washings.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1835
eMuseum Object ID: 
32608
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutcracker

Date: 
1775-1875
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7/8 × 1 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (2.2 × 3.8 × 11.4 cm)
Description: 
Cast metal screw press rectangular nutcracker with tapered steps at the base; interior cast out to hold the nut; cast key-shaped screw handle is threaded and inserted through the neck into the interior to break the nut.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
2593
Inscriptions: 
written in ink: round collector's label "2593 / Fr."
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: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
32430
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutcracker

Date: 
1775-1875
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 × 1 5/8 × 4 1/4 in. (3.8 × 4.1 × 10.8 cm)
Description: 
Wooden turned and carved screw press nutcracker with bands of geometric decoration; around the top are deeply carved circles; interior carved out to hold the nut; carved circular flange screw handle is threaded and inserted through the top of the barrel into the carved interior to break the nut.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
2622
Inscriptions: 
written in ink: round collector's label "2622 / Eng."
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: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
32429
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutcracker

Date: 
1775-1875
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (4.4 × 14 cm)
Description: 
Wooden turned and carved screw press nutcracker in the shape of a barrel with metal barrel hoop decoration; interior carved out to hold the nut; carved scalloped flange screw handle with an inlaid bird holding a worm on one side and the intials "I D W" on the other; handle is threaded and inserted through the top of the barrel into the carved interior to break the nut.
Object Number: 
Z.1814ab
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
32397
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutcracker

Date: 
1775-1875
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 × 2 × 7 in. (5.1 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm)
Description: 
Wooden Bishop's head screw press nutcracker; groteseque image of an overweight man smirking, wearing a bishop's hat; underside carved out to hold the nut; geometrically carved screw handle is threaded and inserted through the neck into the carved interior to break the nut.
Object Number: 
Z.1813ab
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
32395
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutcracker

Date: 
1800-1875
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 7 in. (4.4 × 5.7 × 17.8 cm)
Description: 
Wooden screw press nutcracker with a carved ram's head; underside carved out to hold the nut; geometrically carved screw handle is threaded and inserted into the carved interior to break the nut.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
2623
Inscriptions: 
written in ink: round collector's label "2623 / Eng."
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: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
32390
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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