Fire engine condenser case

Object Number: 
1937.1629
Date: 
ca. 1830-1840
Medium: 
Wood, metal, paint, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 x 30 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. ( 81.3 x 76.8 x 39.4 cm )
Description: 
Wooden fire engine condenser case; half-cylindrical form with overhanging top and painted image on front framed by arch over pilasters, with keystone decorated with 13 applied metal stars above carved eagle, and carved and gilded oak branch ornament applied to spandrels; painted image includes male figure mounted on horseback in center foreground, with second figure on horseback slightly further back on the right.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this condenser case comes from an early fire engine of the Washington Fire Company. The figure on horseback in the center foreground is said to be George Washington.
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