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Chalkware (squirrel with nut)

Object Number: 
1937.1797
Date: 
1850-1890
Medium: 
Plaster of Paris, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. ( 16.8 x 7.9 x 11.1 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in pencil: on inner wall of base: "1237b[or G] / Amer"
Description: 
Chalkware squirrel clutching and eating a nut; mostly unpainted except for green and red stripes on tail, red accents on face, green nut, and green and red stripes on low oval base.
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