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Chalkware (love birds)

Chalkware (love birds)
Title
Chalkware (love birds)
Date 
1850-1890
Medium 
Plaster of Paris, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 12.1 x 9.5 x 8.3 cm )
Description 
Two chalkware kissing doves with yellow heads, red breasts, and brown wings and beaks, standing side by side on an oval base with heads turned and beaks touching.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1134a
Marks 
handwritten in graphite on inner wall of base: "1084"
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group