Unless otherwise stated, all my mangle boards are in their original condition, with the original handle and original paint. It was not uncommon for a handle to break during use, and it was then replaced by a new handle, whose wood species, carving and painting differed from the old one. Many mangle boards were also repainted when they were no longer in use, to make them more decorative. What interests me about mangle boards is the combination of useful and pleasant, function and aesthetics. A mangle board without marks of use reminds me of a poorly designed tool or a poorly chosen gift. Folk art is exciting as long as it is honest and modest, and any "improvement" after its creation is meaningless.
1 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1818, with the initials "DJD". Rare representation of a deer hunting scene with the help of a dog. Small tuft of hair depicting the horse's tail. Marks of use on the original paint. 60.5 x 14 cm (at the widest). Numerous wormholes (treated). Old restoration of the neck with a fine wrought iron pin.
2 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1796. The sculpture is of great finesse, the traditional geometrical shapes are executed with great care, and four hearts recall the matrimonial origin of the object. 61 x 17 cm at the widest. The horse shows the stigmata of a very long use. The board was subsequently coated with a glossy varnish. A former owner has written his name on the reverse of the board in black felt pen.
3 - Mangle board from Northern Germany, dating from the first half of the 18th century. Sumptuous mermaid-shaped handle, with a body entirely covered with fish scales and framed by two spirals winding on themselves. Superb original paint, in pastel blue, red and yellow tones. Marked traces of use. 62 x 14 cm. Two slits in the handle due to two wrought iron nails. Initials ("HvP") on the back of the board, in white paint.
4 - Mangle board from Norway, dated 1840.
5 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1820. Extremely rare representation of a two-headed horse. The carved floral motifs on the board suggest that it was made in Sjælland. 63 x 15 cm at the widest. The board was varnished later. A small break with missing parts, and two corners were broken and neatly glued back together.
6 - Extraordinary German Renaissance mangle board from the 17th century. Unique representation of the Virgin Mary with her hands joined in prayer and halo, sculpted with art - the draping of her tunic is sublime. The handle, which shows long use, depicts a head with curly hair that seems to be surmounted by two ram's horns. 57 x 16 cm at its widest. Old Danish label on the reverse.
7 - Mangle board from Norway, dating from the first half of the 19th century. It is embellished with superb acanthus leaves in relief (unique to my knowledge) and a grip button. 63 x 10 cm at the widest. There are two slits on the reverse side (15 and 9 cm long), which is why the handle moves a little.
8 - Mangle board from Germany, dated 1729. The mermaid-shaped handle was probably cleaned to thin the wood and make it stand out. However, it is original. 64 x 12 cm.
9 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1821.