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Cake board

Object Number: 
1937.591
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 )
Marks: 
carved: on obverse: "BRITTANIA / GREECE / AMERICA"
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.
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.
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