Woodcarving (lion)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Pine, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 9.2 x 11.7 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Carved wooden lion on low, oblong base; yellow painted body with red highlights; dark green painted base.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1114
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: 
28646
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Paper dolls (16)

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1860
Medium: 
Paper, paint
Description: 
Painted cut-out paper figures, mostly individual women performing household tasks, playing musical instruments, doing needlework, etc.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1794a-p
Gallery Label: 
Portraying mostly women and children as they perform domestic tasks (sewing, cooking, harvesting, or teaching/learning) and leisure activities (reading, writing letters, painting, or playing music), these richly decorated, hand-painted paper dolls present a broad view of mid-nineteenth-century daily life. The mass commercial appeal of paper dolls arose around 1850 when these dolls began to appear in popular periodicals; however, homemade, hand-painted dolls had been circulating long beforehand. These dolls belong to a larger set of 85 figures, which were crafted around 1855 for a young girl in the Canadian town of Drummondville outside Quebec City, as indicated by an inscription on the reverse of one doll in the set and by a November 1924 article in Harper's Magazine featuring a descendent of the original owner, Ms. Lenox E. Chase. While it is unclear who painted these dolls, and while they may have been produced over an extended period of time given variations in the stock and coloration of the paper, all of the dolls seem to have been crafted by the same artist and each one includes its own unique name, written on the verso by the same hand each time. Genealogical records suggest that the dolls originally belonged to the Sutherland family, a Canadian family of British descent who had arrived in the English-Canadian town of Drummondville by the 1840's, and the dolls eventually would have been passed down to Ms. Chase, from whom Elie Nadelman likely acquired the set for his Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts. 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: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
28489
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Chest with drawers

Classification: 
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Wood (probably oak), paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 7 3/4 x 6 in. ( 15.2 x 19.7 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Oak chest painted with red and white flowers on yellow ground; floral decoration framed with white, red, and black bands on each side; solid blue back; four bun feet; upper interior cavity painted white and red; front doors swing open revealing five polychromed drawers with turned handles.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.8524
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: 
28100
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bridebox

Classification: 
Date: 
1826
Medium: 
Wood (probably cedar), metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 19.4 x 48.9 x 29.8 cm )
Description: 
Oval wooden bridebox and lid of bent side wood secured with strips of wood laced through holes; cover and sides painted in yellow, black, white, red, and green with image of bride and groom on cover with floral swag, border and German letters; sides decorated with stylized tulips and swirling patterns in background.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1109ab
Marks: 
painted: on box lid: "In Jahr Christi 1826" Nadelman Collection label on underside: "2530/Am"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed around the edge of the lid in German: "Keinen andern sag ich zu daß er mir mein Herz aufthu"; dated at lower center: "In Jahr Christi 1826"
Gallery Label: 
Brideboxes with this type of decoration were common among Pennsylvania Germans. They were intended for keeping wearing apparel and often were presented by a man to his intended bride as a gift to store her fragile items.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1826
eMuseum Object ID: 
28052
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Paddy and the Pig

Classification: 
Date: 
1882-1890
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 18.4 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron mechanical bank in the form of figure seated with feet pressed together, knees splayed out, holding pig (with nose facing up) between legs; caricature of Irishman with large head out of proportion to body, wearing hat with shamrock, knee breeches, stockings, and buckled shoes; when coin is placed on pig's nose, pressing the lever in back makes the pig kick the penny off of his nose; figure's eyes then roll back, his lower jaw moves, he sticks out his tongue, and the penny falls into Paddy's open mouth.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.679
Marks: 
cast: beneath base: "ENG PAT JULY 28/1882./US PAT AUG 8/1882." cast: also beneath base: "1875 PAT FEB 2."
Gallery Label: 
This bank was based on Patent No. 262,361, taken out by James H. Bowen on August 8, 1882 (See Publications).
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
28011
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Fire engine condenser case of Hudson Fire Company No. 1(?)

Date: 
1830
Medium: 
Wood, oil paint, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 19 x 12 1/2 in. ( 76.2 x 48.3 x 31.8 cm )
Description: 
Wooden fire engine condenser case; half-cylindrical form with painted allegorical scene featuring crowned male figure with trident (Neptune) seated in a scallop shell upon the waves receiving a sextant from a winged female figure that hovers above him alongside another female figure seated next to a child and holding an infant; a cornucopia, a globe, and other scientific tools are pictured adjacent to female figures.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1630
Marks: 
painted: at top of panel: "PAINTED 1830. / Samuel Moore. / Foreman. / C. V. Anderson. / Assistant." painted: at bottom of panel: "Engine 9"
Gallery Label: 
This image features iconography identical to a certificate printed by the newly-formed New York Nautical Institution in commemoration of the Erie Canal in 1825 (see Cadwallader Colden, Memoir [1825], pp. 203-4). A caption for the certificate in Colden's Memoir identifies the scene: "This device is emblematic of Science, Skill, and Benevolence; Science is characterized as an angel, with appropriate instruments, and bending from a cloud she delivers to Neptune a sextant, as the emblem of Naval Skill; Benevolence like a nursing mother, with her attendant circumstances, is seated on a cornucopiae, upon the same cloud with Science. This scene is represented as taking place outside of Sandy Hook; on the right of Neptune, who is seated on his naval car, is Staten Island; in the distant horizon is Sandy Hook Lighthouse; pilot-boats, ships outward and inward bound are placed under their appropriate positions." (Colden, p. 375-6) Because the number associated with inscription at the lower center of the condenser case has been largely effaced, it is unclear to which Engine company this case belonged. The combination of the Neptune imagery and the case's date plausibly links it to three different fire companies: New York's Company No. 9, Neptune, No. 6, and Hudson No. 1.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
27754
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pull toy (horse with foal)

Classification: 
Date: 
1860-1890
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 9 x 3 1/2 in. ( 16.5 x 22.9 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron pull toy depicting horse trotting side by side with foal, mounted on platform with four cast iron wheels; white horse with red scalloped saddle blanket with triangular line decoration; white foal; green textured platform with pierced hole at front.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1556
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: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
26623
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pull toy (elephant)

Classification: 
Date: 
1860-1890
Medium: 
Wood, paint, oilcloth
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 3/4 x 24 x 10 1/4 in. ( 45.1 x 61 x 26 cm )
Description: 
Wooden elephant made from carved segments, painted brown, with black and dark red oilcloth tacked to upper body; mounted on oblong base with wooden wheels and view of house in circular frame painted at center; with long straight wooden handle.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.486
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: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
24072
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Goat pulling cart

Classification: 
Date: 
1870-1890
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron cart painted orange drawn by black goat; cart with sides graduated towards front, mounted on set of two wheels.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1555
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: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
23944
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Jack-in-the box

Classification: 
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Wood, composition, textile, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall (open): 4 x 2 3/4 x 5 in. (10.2 x 7 x 12.7 cm)
Description: 
Wooden jack-in-the-box with clown figure in wooden box decorated with dots cut out of paper and stuck on to box; composition clown head with molded and painted facial features including blue eyes, wide red mouth, and slashes of orange on cheeks, with blue cap; head is mounted on wooden disk covered with orange cloth; metal coil is covered with paper sleeve.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1260
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: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
23698
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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