National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Handcarved Toy Handcarved Toy
Rendered by Betty Jean Davis (artist), c. 1939
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paper
overall: 36.3 x 25.5 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 7 1/4" high; 4: wide; 2 1/2" deep
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 6 of 26

Constantly seeking ways of adding animation and novelty to their products, toy makers invented many ingenious products. Pennsylvannia German artists were especially creative in this respect. The hand-operated wooden toy shown here consists of two jointed figures that revolve around a pole when the handle is turned. Made about 1835, the toy is hand-carved of pine. The wood has a natural finish, but the features are tinted.

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