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Spice grinder/grater

Object Number: 
1937.1755a-c
Date: 
ca. 1750-1850
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. ( 21.6 x 11.4 cm )
Description: 
Turned wooden treenware spice grinder/grater composed of three parts; the lowest section serves as a receptical for powdered spice; the central section is cylindrical with an interior metal grinder; the upper section and lid is similar to a pestle capped with a metal grate; all parts have dark brown varnish.
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