Chalkware (squirrel with nut)

Chalkware (squirrel with nut)
Title
Chalkware (squirrel with nut)
Date 
1850-1890
Medium 
Plaster of Paris, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. ( 14.3 x 8.6 x 6.7 cm )
Description 
Chalkware squirrel clutching and eating nut, painted grey with olive green tail with red stripes, black "nut", and red and black accents on face; low oval base has traces of olive green paint.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number 
INV.631
Marks 
hand written: in pencil on bottom edge of base: "768 768" hand written: in blue pencil on inner wall of plaster: "1423/Amer" hand written: tag attached to object reads: "INV.631X/UNIDENTIFIED/CHALKWARE/-SQUIRREL/GIFT:NADELMAN"
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