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Jack-in-the-box

Jack-in-the-box
Title
Jack-in-the-box
Date 
1870-1900
Medium 
Wood, metal, textile, papier-mâché, paint
Dimensions 
Overall (open): 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 8 in. (21.6 x 12.1 x 20.3 cm)
Description 
Jack-in-the-box with clown figure in paper-covered wooden box; papier-mâché clown head is painted black with facial features and stripes painted in white, orange, yellow, and blue; clown wears a pointed cap made of pale blue cloth with floral pattern, and metal coil is covered with a sleeve made of red and white striped cloth.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1259
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