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Mechanical toy (chicken)

Object Number: 
INV.4450
Date: 
1825-1875
Medium: 
Wood, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 5 x 2 7/8 in. ( 8.9 x 12.7 x 7.3 cm )
Marks: 
Nadelman collection sticker "436/Am"
Description: 
Mechanical toy consisting of chicken (or rooster) carved out of wood and painted, with body jointed at base of neck and tail; mounted on rectangular wooden box with green top, red sides, and black trim; tail and head are supposed to move when wire hand-crank in side of box is turned.
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, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group