Figured bottle (calabash)

Object Number: 
1937.957
Date: 
1851-1855
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 in. ( 26 x 14 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
embossed: on obverse; "KOSSUTH"
Description: 
Light green, non-lead glass bottle blown in a full-sized, three-part mold (McKearin GI-113) with a profile portrait bust of Lajos Kossuth below the text "KOSSUTH" on the obverse with a tree with foliage on the reverse; bottle is calabash-shaped with an applied and tooled collar and and pontil mark.
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. The subject of this flask, Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894), was the leader of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1850. On October 15, 1851 he landed in New York to begin a tour of America with the goal of raising money and political support for his cause. Though popular with the American public, Kossuth was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempt to gain the money or government recognition he sought.
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