An early and very beautiful painted Mangle board, Denmark, dating 1839.
The mangle board (sometimes called mangling board or smoothing board) is one of the most time-typical and interesting objects of folk art, this old domestic implement was used to press or smooth laundry after washing.
The finest chipped and painted boards like this, was only used as wedding gifts and was decoration objects and not for practical use.
Mangle boards are more common in Scandinavia, but were produced until the later 19th. century from Alsace (France) to Russia, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, the British Isles.
A nice Mangle Board carved in Oak with an archaic looking double head engraved horse as handle. The board itself with some finely carved decorations and with nicely preserved colours. Initialized and dated 1808 on the front.
Size: 59,6 cm. long and quite massive.
Condition: Choice and unusual for the type and age with lots of preserved colours, a few typical old insect bites, now sound.
Provenance: Birgit og Bent Wolstrup Collection