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"Peaseware" container with lid

Object Number: 
1937.1588ab
Date: 
1850-1890
Medium: 
Wood, probably maple; iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. ( 24.8 x 26 cm )
Description: 
Lathe-turned wooden container with lid; bulbous body on round foot; iron bail handle attached to body; lid has an urn-shaped finial; traces of yellow paint all over.
Gallery Label: 
This lidded container is an example of "Peaseware" made in the Cascade Valley of northeastern Ohio in the late 19th century. In 1850, David Mills Pease (1815-1890) founded a woodturning business that specialized in producing wooden containers for practical daily use. Many of the vessels were used for the safe storage of food, including herbs, mustard and other seeds, salt, pepper, and maple sugar chunks. Bail handles, as in this example, eased the burden of carrying one or more full containers. The container 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