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Chalkware (Mantel ornament: leaf spray)

Object Number: 
1937.1141b
Date: 
1850-1890
Medium: 
Plaster of Paris, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 6 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 25.4 x 17.1 x 8.6 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in pencil: on inner wall of base: "p" handwritten: collector's label affixed to inner wall of base: "2374 / Am."
Description: 
Chalkware mantel ornament in the form of a leaf spray mounted on a square base; painting light green with orange and black accents.
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