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Cake board

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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: 
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.

Still bank

Classification: 
Date: 
1870-1880
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 in. ( 16.5 x 13.3 x 12.7 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron still bank in the form of cottage with gingerbread trim, on raised base with top painted green; yellow building with blue peaked roofs and overhang and red chimneys, with stencilled decoration (black) of windows (square and arched) on both stories, and all sides; slot (for coins) above overhang, on gable.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1239
Marks: 
stencilled: on front of bank: "BANK"
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: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
30805
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Coffeepot

Classification: 
Date: 
1825-1860
Medium: 
Iron, tin
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 10 3/4 x 5 7/8 in. ( 30.5 x 27.3 x 14.9 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron and lacquered coffeepot with splayed circular foot, seamed baluster body, bracketed spout, reinforced strap handle and hinged domed lid with mushroom finial; body decorated with chased, stippled image of basket of flowers and intercrossing bands.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.466
Marks: 
stamped: on handle in block letters: "J. KETTERE[R]"
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: 
Purchased from John Barrett Kerfoot (Ehrich Galleries, 1925?); The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
29261
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Coffeepot

Classification: 
Date: 
1825-1860
Medium: 
Tin, ebony
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 6 in. ( 31.1 x 26.7 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Baluster-shaped tin coffeepot with seam at middle, molded, semi-fluted spout, reinforced strap handle, semi-domed hinged lid with turned ebony finial; body decorated with punched, stippled image of pot of flowers and interweaving bands around body.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.467
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: 
Purchased from John Barrett Kerfoot (Ehrich Galleries, 1925?); The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
29225
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Woodcarving (squirrel)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Pine, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 7/8 in. ( 7.9 x 8.6 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Carved wooden squirrel on oblong base; gray painted body with black streaks, brown nut clutched below chin, and green base.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1111
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
Bibliography: 
Black, Mary C., "Make believe and make do: American children's toys," Antiques, December 1962, pp. 620-623. Christensen, Erwin O., Early American Wood Carving. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1952, pp. 104-105. Christensen, Erwin O., The Index of American Design. New York, Macmillan, 1950, pp. 135-137. Flower, Milton E., "Wilhelm Schimmel and Aaron Mountz wood carvers," [exhibition catalog], Williamsburg, Va. : Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 1965. Lichten, Frances, Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania. New York, C. Scribner's sons; London, C. Scribner's sons, ltd., 1946. p. 115. Robacker, Earl F., "Pennsylvania German Wood Carvings," Antiques, June 1946, pp. 369-371.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
28936
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Woodcarving (parrot)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Pine, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. ( 14 x 7.3 x 6 cm )
Description: 
Carved wooden parrot with folded wings and straight, cylindrical legs, on small domed oval base; body painted with spots of green, red and yellow on cream-colored ground; wings with vertical bands of red, yellow, green and black; yellow and red beak, yellow legs, and green base.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1116
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
Bibliography: 
Black, Mary C., "Make believe and make do: American children's toys," Antiques, December 1962, pp. 620-623. Christensen, Erwin O., Early American Wood Carving. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1952, pp. 104-105. Christensen, Erwin O., The Index of American Design. New York, Macmillan, 1950, pp. 135-137. Flower, Milton E., "Wilhelm Schimmel and Aaron Mountz wood carvers," [exhibition catalog], Williamsburg, Va. : Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 1965. Lichten, Frances, Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania. New York, C. Scribner's sons; London, C. Scribner's sons, ltd., 1946. p. 115. Robacker, Earl F., "Pennsylvania German Wood Carvings," Antiques, June 1946, pp. 369-371.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
28647
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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