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Object Name: Match safe
Date: 1840-1880
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Medium: Wood
Dimensions: Overall: 1 x 4 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 11.7 x 5.4 cm )
Place made: Europe
Possibly: France
Description: Carved wooden matchbox with puzzle lid; opening box requires turning lower half of lid, then pushing upper half down and rotating it; box carved with a single flower and stem on both cover and bottom.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: INV.7652
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Marks: Paper label affixed to interior typewritten: "1950 / Fr"

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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.


Purchased by Elie and Viola Nadelman, Paris, France, 1926; 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.