Paper doll

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1860
Medium: 
Paper, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. ( 17.1 x 19.4 cm )
Description: 
Painted cut-out paper figure: young woman working at embroidery stand.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1794b
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: 
23064
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Paper doll

Classification: 
Date: 
1830-1860
Medium: 
Paper, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 9 1/4 in. ( 15.2 x 23.5 cm )
Description: 
Pair of painted cut-out paper figures: two women in long dresses seated on opposite sides of a small round table with open sewing basket on top.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1794a
Marks: 
written: in ink on reverse: "Annabella" and "Emma"
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: 
23063
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Jack-in-the-box

Classification: 
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Wood, metal, textile, papier-mâché, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall (open): 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 8 in. (21.6 x 12.1 x 20.3 cm)
Description: 
Jack-in-the-box with clown figure in paper-covered wooden box; papier-mâché clown head is painted black with facial features and stripes painted in white, orange, yellow, and blue; clown wears a pointed cap made of pale blue cloth with floral pattern, and metal coil is covered with a sleeve made of red and white striped cloth.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1259
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: 
22920
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Girl on tricycle

Classification: 
Date: 
1860-1910
Medium: 
Composition, textile, glass, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 4 in. ( 22.2 x 19 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Windup toy composed of doll mounted on tricycle; All-in-One composition doll with gray hair attached to head, black glass pupilless eyes, and open mouth; slightly bent arms, molded hands holding mallets, and white painted legs with black painted shoes; brown velvet jacket with yellow braid trim, pink skirt with blue braid trim, and green hat with yellow braid trim and pink feather; green painted tricycle with mechanism mounted under seat; when toy is pushed or pulled, doll's arms rise and fall, causing the mallets to hit the gong, and the bell mounted at back to ring.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1228
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: 
1910
eMuseum Object ID: 
22575
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Autoperipatetikos

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Ceramic, textile, paper, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 8 3/4 in. ( 22.9 x 22.2 cm )
Description: 
Walking doll with bisque shoulder head, yellow molded hair, blue painted eyes, closed mouth, and pink tinted cheeks; torso and skirt form made of fabric glued to stiff backing (possibly cardboard) concealing clockwork mechanism underneath, with hole at side of form for key; biscuit-colored, short-sleeved shirtwaist with purple ribbon sash and gathered skirt sewn on at waist, over stiff form; brass leg casings shaped like boots extend from bottom of "skirt."
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1217
Marks: 
printed: around edge of base: "Patented July 15, 1862 ; also, in Europe, 20 Dec. 1862 ."
Gallery Label: 
The mechanism was patented in 1862 by Enoch Rice Morrison. Most of the dolls made under this patent were apparently manufactured by Martin & Runyan, a New York firm, but Caroline Goodfellow conjectures that others were probably made by several people (See Publications).
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
22573
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Doll

Classification: 
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 11.4 x 7 cm )
Description: 
Wooden doll carved out of single block of wood depicting woman dressed in bonnet, dress and apron; arms separate and attached at shoulder with nail, hanging freely; details of face carved deeply and painted, such as the nose and mouth, and the surrounding ruffle and bow at her chin; borders of dress and apron incised, and painted with red and black dots; apron painted white.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1252
Marks: 
Nadelman collection sticker: "500 / English"
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: 
22499
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Spoon

Date: 
1825-1875
Medium: 
Wood (probably oak)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 in. ( 24.4 x 5.7 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Wood (probably oak) spoon with pierced and carved stem with leaf and blossom motifs; ovoid bowl with rat-tail carved on reverse.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
Z.106
Inscriptions: 
written: paper label affixed to reverse: "2619 / 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: 
21672
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Sheep figurine

Classification: 
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in. ( 5.1 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Carved wooden sheep with white painted body on green painted base.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.1497
Marks: 
label, inscription: circular label (Nadelman) affixed to obverse of base: "T354/Ger.[F?]"
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: 
20191
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Model hand pump fire fighting cart

Classification: 
Date: 
1874
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 12 x 6 1/4 in. ( 25.4 x 30.5 x 15.9 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron hand water pumper consisting of blue frame with brown border; frame includes hinged storage cisterns at each end and red end-stroke pump handles with gold knobs; plain wheels with spokes forming floral pattern.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.485
Marks: 
stencilled: between two lines of scrollwork, on each side of pumper: "EXCELSIOR"
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: 
1874
eMuseum Object ID: 
14211
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Automatic Waltzer

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1890-1910
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 7 in. ( 20.3 x 17.8 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron windup toy depicting three dancing couples mounted on circular base with central pole with banner; men dressed in brown suits, women in white dresses with blue stripes at bottom and around waist; yellow base; each couple mounted on smaller disk at edge of base, connected to wheel; as wheels spin, disks revolve, and couples turn in circle, traveling around pole with blue and white banner.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1557
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: 
1910
eMuseum Object ID: 
14159
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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