Richard Neagle (American, born 1922). <em>The Bamboozler (Child's Clothes Tree)</em>, ca. 1953. Wood, metal, 44 1/8 x 18 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.  (112.1 x 46.4 x 51.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. and Caroline S. Zoebisch Fund, 1993.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1993.6_SL3.jpg)

The Bamboozler (Child's Clothes Tree)

Artist:Richard Neagle

Medium: Wood, metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1953

Dimensions: 44 1/8 x 18 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (112.1 x 46.4 x 51.4 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor


Accession Number: 1993.6

Image: 1993.6_SL3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Whimsical clothes tree for children, called "The Bamboozler," made of painted wood and metal parts. Main pole comprised of four painted wood cylinders joined end-to-end in alternating red/white colors, standing on conforming circular black metal platform from which extend four black metal tubular legs at right angles; the legs extend straight out, then angle toward the floor, terminating in yellow wood ball feet. Surmounting the main pole is a platform or shelf made of three concentric black wire rings. The four wooden cylinders that comprise the main pole are fitted with various types of "appendages" or pegs, from top to bottom: (1) yellow wooden rod inserted perpendicularly through cylinder with a blue crescent-shaped form attached at one end and, at the other end, a black metal rod inserted perpendicularly with yellow wooden ball at either end, and a hanging black metal rod with a semicircular wooden form attached to its end; (2) a black metal rod with yellow wooden ball at either end inserted through cylinder to form two pegs ; (3) blue wooden rod extends from cylinder to form one peg; (4) two metal rods project perpendicularly from cylinder in a V-shape and then turn straight up, terminating in blue wooden balls. CONDITION: Good; a number of wooden balls are loose, vertical crack in surface of main pole

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