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Object Name: Snuffbox
Date: 1800-1850
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Medium: Boxwood and other woods, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: Overall: 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 4.1 x 9.2 x 3.8 cm )
Place made: Europe, France
Description: Wooden snuffbox with inlaid mother of pearl, shaped like hull of a ship, with insignia consisting of crossed arms, anchor, portrait medallion, and eagle on hinged lid.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: INV.7981
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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.


Sumner Healey, New York City, 1924; The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman, Riverdale, NY


"Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman," Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, NM, September 6–November 29, 2015; New-York Historical Society, May 20–August 21, 2016; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, September 17–December 31, 2016.