Tobacco box

Object Number: 
1937.1538a-c
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Tin, brass, paint, gold leaf
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 13.3 x 22.2 x 18.4 cm )
Description: 
Japanned tin tobacco holder with gold, white, and red floral decoration on black ground; oval container with serpentine edge attached to base shaped like a tray, with four rudimentary paw feet on underside; flat lid with slight downward curve and urn-shaped brass finial; sheet metal insert with ring handle.
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