Jack-in-the-box

Object Number: 
1937.1259
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.
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