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Bandbox

Object Number: 
1937.1621ab
Date: 
1835-1840
Medium: 
Wood, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/2 x 19 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. ( 31.8 x 50.5 x 35.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: around sides of bandbox: "CLAYTON..S ASCENT"
Description: 
Ovoid wooden bandbox and lid covered with paper printed with scene of balloon rising above panorama of houses, brick wall, and trees, in green, brown, and pink on yellow ground, inscribed around sides of bandbox: "CLAYTON..S ASCENT"; lid covered with paper printed with scene divided into two sections, first with man thrusting spear towards serpent, surrounded by wavy sea, second of two houses and brick wall, in green, brown, and pink on yellow ground; edge of lid covered in paper printed with segments of trees, figures, and houses in green, brown, and pink on yellow ground; lap joints secured with metal nails.
Gallery Label: 
The first flight in a hot air balloon to exceed 500 km (311 miles) was made on April 8, 1835 by Richard Clayton, an aviation enthusiast. Clayton left from a Cincinnati, Ohio, amphitheater and landed nine and one half hours later in Monroe County, Virginia. To celebrate this event, a bandbox was created with printed wallpaper showing Clayton’s balloon ascending over the Ohio countryside with the word’s "Clayton’s Ascent" on the cover and sides. The series was probably marketed soon after the flight in 1835 or 1836. Most of these bandboxes were covered with wallpapers designed by Pares & Fayes, located at 377 Pearl Street. 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
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group