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Woodcarving (squirrel)

Object Number: 
1937.1111
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Pine, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 7/8 in. ( 7.9 x 8.6 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Carved wooden squirrel on oblong base; gray painted body with black streaks, brown nut clutched below chin, and green base.
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.
Bibliography: 
Black, Mary C., "Make believe and make do: American children's toys," Antiques, December 1962, pp. 620-623. Christensen, Erwin O., Early American Wood Carving. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1952, pp. 104-105. Christensen, Erwin O., The Index of American Design. New York, Macmillan, 1950, pp. 135-137. Flower, Milton E., "Wilhelm Schimmel and Aaron Mountz wood carvers," [exhibition catalog], Williamsburg, Va. : Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 1965. Lichten, Frances, Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania. New York, C. Scribner's sons; London, C. Scribner's sons, ltd., 1946. p. 115. Robacker, Earl F., "Pennsylvania German Wood Carvings," Antiques, June 1946, pp. 369-371.
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