Overall: 15 x 26 x 1/2 in. ( 38.1 x 66 x 1.3 cm )
Rectangular wooden (possibly mahogany) cake board decorated with elaborately carved figure of Lafayette on horseback and inscription within a central medallion and surrounded by an oval star and stripe frame.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
carved (inverted): on obverse: "LAFAYETTE / YORKTOWN / 1781 / W. FARROW"
According to New York City directories, William Farrow was active as a baker in Manhattan from 1815-1819 and 1822-1835. Many cake boards by John Conger are illustrated in Louise C. Belden's article on cake boards, which appeared in the December 1990 issue of the magazine "Antiques." Baker used cake boards to imprint low-relief designs onto stiff doughs, such as those for short bread, gingerbread, or marzipan. This dough was pressed into the mold, peeled away to leave a crisp impression, and then air-dried before baking.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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