Thanksgiving Hours

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Butter churn

Object Number: 
1937.563a-c
Date: 
1800-1900
Medium: 
Earthenware, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 2 3/4 in. ( 25.4 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on base and under lid: "I I I" inscribed: on base in dark ink: "With Compliments/W. Holden"
Description: 
Wheelthrown redware butter churn, slightly tapered and cylindrical with incised bands under rim at midpoint and near base, with inset lid, hollow knob finial, mottled iron brown allover surface under lead glaze; fitted with wooden plunger whose flat disk is pierced with four holes.
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.
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