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.
3 - Mangle board from Denmark, circa 1840. Other boards share the same characteristics: stylized horse whose reins form a perfect circle, superficially carved patterns on the board and enhanced with bright colours in shades of red/orange. It is therefore the work of a renowned craftsman, who has created a unique model that is directly recognizable. 63 x 13 cm (at the widest). This board, although used, has its original paint very well preserved.
4 - Majestic mangle board from Norway, dated 1817. Nice variation on the rosette pattern, which are all different. The horse is massive, it is not a stallion but a draft horse. The sculptor has meticulously reproduced the mane in a unique way. Nice patina of use. 80 x 12 cm (large format). The horse's legs have been formerly broken.
5 - Mangle board from Denmark from the beginning of the 18th century, perhaps earlier. This model is archaic, both in its sculpture and decoration. There is no doubt that this is a unique work, made by a man for the woman he loved. The multiplication of rosettes and simple geometric shapes, including on the horse, to the point of leaving not the slightest space unsculpted, is not without reminding me of the "horror of emptiness" in some works of outsider art. 59 x 14 cm.
6 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1813. Beautifully painted board, with rare and delightful colours. The horse looks calm and gentle, and asks for caresses. The board was used intensively by a left-handed woman. 60 x 14 cm (at the widest).
7 - Old mangle board from Sweden, dated 1699. The wood bears the stigma of prolonged use, probably over several generations, to the extent that its internal structure appears, as if it had been floating in the sea for decades. 57 x 12 cm. The handle no longer holds firmly, and has been formerly reinforced with wooden and wrought iron nails.
8 - Mangle board from Germany, 18th century. The carved decorations along the board and handle, one end of which is broken and missing, are typical of northern Germany. 61 x 13 cm.
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