Wood, iron, paint
Overall: 6 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 15.2 x 20.3 x 11.4 cm )
Rectangular wooden box or chest with domed, hinged lid, iron latch and escutcheon, wire handle and carved slot on top; painted decoration consisting of birds flanking handle on top, with wreath of roses in middle, in red, blue,and white with some green leaves; front painted with swags of fabric pinned at intervals, in red, white, and blue, above roses and leaves strung below latch; on each side, string of three roses above swag of fabric painted with pattern in red, white, and blue; red, white, blue, and black paint on cream-colored ground, slightly discolored.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
written or painted: inside lid: "859/LE/I.R."
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.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.