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Automatic Waltzer

Object Number: 
1937.1557
Date: 
ca. 1890-1910
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 7 in. ( 20.3 x 17.8 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron windup toy depicting three dancing couples mounted on circular base with central pole with banner; men dressed in brown suits, women in white dresses with blue stripes at bottom and around waist; yellow base; each couple mounted on smaller disk at edge of base, connected to wheel; as wheels spin, disks revolve, and couples turn in circle, traveling around pole with blue and white banner.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group