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Object Name: Tobacco box
Date: 1700-1800
Medium: Brass, textile
Dimensions: Overall: 1 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 3 in. ( 4.4 x 13.7 x 7.6 cm )
Description: Oval brass tobacco box; molded and gadrooned bands alternating with engraved scrolled leaves with hatching; hunting scene with engraved on top of hinged lid and mythological scene engraved beneath base (background cut away, revealing textile layer); double hinged doors on underside of lid; left door engraved with seated male and female figures and right door engraved with mother and child figure; red textile layer behind doors.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.1264
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Marks: scratched: on rim below lid: "P:S:W" engraved: on front upper edge of body, beneath lid rim: images typed: label affixed to back: "WALPOLE VON HOLSTEIN-RATHLON # 268 []1925"

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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.


Collections of the Countess von Holstein-Rathlou
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman