Ell measure

Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Wood, ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 x 1 x 1 in. ( 86.4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Wooden ell measure with geometric inlaid decoration on the four-sided shaft; turned baluster handle with ivory rivet.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
Z.79
Inscriptions: 
hand written: label attached to rod: "643 / German"
Gallery Label: 
Like other weaving utensils, ell measures were popular love-tokens, as seen in the rich inlay, turned baluster handle, and elegant tapering of this piece. The term "ell" was derived from an Old Germanic word for the forearm and was similar to the cubit, a unit of measure approximating the length of one's arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. Also called ell wands, ell measures like this one were primarily used by women for measuring home-woven fabric as well as by merchants in the trade of European textiles, and thus the cloth-ell - twice the length of the original cubit-sized ell - would become the normal length of these measuring rods. Still, in Germany, where this ell measure was produced, nearly every town had its own standards for measurement, with one ell ranging from 24 to 32 inches depending on the region. Such implements would have suited Viola Nadelman's taste for lace, embroideries, and fabrics, which she had already begun collecting at the time of her marriage to Elie Nadelman in 1919. Indeed, an inventory ca. 1930 of the Nadelman's Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts lists "161 implements for making lace, weaving, sewing, knitting, etc." 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 by Elie and Viola Nadelman, Aug. 1924; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1820
eMuseum Object ID: 
38483
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutmeg grater/tobacco shredder

Date: 
ca. 1675-1775
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5/8 × 1 5/8 × 4 3/4 in. (1.6 × 4.1 × 12.1 cm)
Description: 
Wood nutmeg grater; chip carved on sides and vase of tulips carved on lid; lid hinges on an iron pin at base and covers the pierced sheet iron grater.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.746
Inscriptions: 
hand-written: collector's label affixed to reverse: "440.....[illegible]"
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: 
1775
eMuseum Object ID: 
38357
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Lard lamps (Kinnear type)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1851
Medium: 
Tin, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 × 5 3/8 in. (21.6 × 13.7 cm)
Description: 
One of a pair of tin lamps with compressed barrel shaped reservoirs with brass plaques and screw cap on tin cylindrical shafts supported by cast iron funnel shaped feet with pierced motifs: a) geometric lattice work and b) row of elongated tear drops and band of quatrefoil. Tops have wide slots for a flat wick, a small wick tube at one side for a night light, and a fuel orifice with a brass screw-on lid. Loop sockets at both sides for wire brackets to hold missing shade
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1496a
Marks: 
on brass plaque: " S.N. & H.C. UFFORD/ 113 COURT ST. / BOSTON / KINNEARS PATENT / FEB 4, 1851"
Gallery Label: 
Patented by Delmar Kinnear, Circleville, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1851. The small wick provides additional heat to prevent the lard from solidifying. 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: 
1851
eMuseum Object ID: 
37912
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Candlesticks (2)

Classification: 
Date: 
1550-1650
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 × 6 3/8 in. (21.9 × 16.2 cm)
Description: 
Pair of nearly identical candlesticks with raised bobeche with stepped domed stem base, with multi-flange knop stem with cylindrical rimmed sockets with two rectangular pierced holes on each side.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1537a
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: 
1650
eMuseum Object ID: 
37538
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Butter board

Date: 
ca. 1758
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 × 9 3/8 × 4 1/2 in. (2.5 × 23.8 × 11.4 cm)
Description: 
Paddle form treenware butter mold; rectangular stamp carved with a geometric pattern with a six-pointed star in the center; the reverse is carved with a name and a date.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1582
Marks: 
carved: into back of mold: "1758/M:MENT/IETH"
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: 
1758
eMuseum Object ID: 
36260
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Butter ladle/paddle

Date: 
ca. 1700-1800
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 3/4 in. ( 20.6 x 9.5 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Carved treenware butter ladle with flat triangular bowl and handle with straight sides and square knob terminal.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.6420
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: 
1800
eMuseum Object ID: 
32778
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pressing iron

Classification: 
Date: 
1750-1850
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. ( 22.9 x 22.5 x 13 cm )
Description: 
Wrought iron pressing iron with hinged lid and turned wood handle; edge of body features semi heart shaped cut-out decoration; S-shaped iron support attached to interior of bottom; lid closes with hook latch.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1363
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: 
32759
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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.

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