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 - Norway, first half of the 18th century, 64 x 13 cm. Nice old mangle board which has been used for a long time. The colors are original. The baroque handle in the shape of a coiled spiral is rare.
2 - Very old Norwegian mangling board, dated 1696. 70 x 15 cm. At the end of the 17th century, figurative mangleboards were very rare. This one has a beautiful floral design, with a heart hidden among the leaves. The lion is majestic, in a rare naturalistic style. The wood is worn from use. The board was once repainted and continued to be used afterwards. The lion's hind legs are missing, which is not surprising given the antiquity of the board.
3 - Mangle board from Denmark, dated 1818, 60 x 14 cm. The handle is a horse with two heads, and there is a beautiful wind star on the board. Deep marks of use. The board has been infested with worms, which have caused some small breaks. It has been treated with insecticide.
4 - Denmark, circa 1820, 71 x 17 cm. Nice mangle board with an ochre tone, used for a long time. It has a huge heart, the biggest I know. The rosettes are large, with unusual motifs. The upper left corner has been restored, and the upper right corner has many worm holes.
5 - Long mangle board from Sweden, circa 1750, 81 x 11 cm. Thick mangle board, made of heavy wood. It bears deep traces of use. The legs of the horse have been broken and repaired a while ago with two wrought iron nails.
6 - 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.
7 - 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).
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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