Chalkware bust of a woman

Unidentified makerca. 1850

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY, United States

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.

In 1925, the Nadelmans paid $100 for this bust which is an unusually large peice of chalkware. Both its abstract classical form and colorful decoration would have appealed to Elie Nadelman, whose sculptures sometimes shared a similar formal aesthetic.


  • Title: Chalkware bust of a woman
  • Creator: Unidentified maker
  • Date Created: ca. 1850
  • Location Created: United States, possibly Pennsylvania
  • Physical Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 7 x 4 1/4 in. ( 34.3 x 17.8 x 10.8 cm )
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Painted plaster
  • Object Number: 1937.1138
  • Credit Line: New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman

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