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Trade Sign (Boy Riding Bicycle)

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Painted wood, metal, rubber, other materials
  • Place Manufactured: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • DATES 1932-1934
    DIMENSIONS 40 1/2 x 18 x 23 in. (102.9 x 45.7 x 58.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Metal plate with manufacturer's mark on front shaft of bicycle frame was painted over.
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 74.29
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Lewis Simon (American, 1884-1970). Trade Sign (Boy Riding Bicycle), 1932-1934. Painted wood, metal, rubber, other materials, 40 1/2 x 18 x 23 in. (102.9 x 45.7 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 74.29. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 74.29_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Trade sign in form of boy riding a bicycle. Painted and carved wooden figure of boy with simplified form and jointed body parts (bolts through ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders); wearing blue shirt and knee breeches; inset glass marbles for eyes. Boy seated on bicycle with an abbreviated metal frame (handlebars, front frame of bike, shaft for seat, pedals) and a single bicycle wheel; rubber tire, handle grips and foot pedals. Bicycle mounted on inverted L-shaped metal wall bracket. Condition: Very fragile. Extensive loss to paint and large splits in wood. Rust on metal parts. Rubber deteriorating and cracking. Some of the hardware has been replaced - new bolts have been used in hip and under seat. Picture wire holds one foot on pedal.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (76%)
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