A fine early wooden oak Mangle board, Denmark, dating 1804.
The board meassure 69 cm. in length. Extra fine and very precise carving of a complicated patterns over the entire surface, including initials and dating. A double horsehead type.
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.
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.
Condition: Very fine. Nicely preserved decorations and with much pigment remaining. One horse snout reattached, and some scattered insect bites.
Ex Danish Private Collection