Burden, Laura

painted hand held scrub brush with wooden block hanger

painted hand held scrub brush with wooden block hanger

painted hand held scrub brush with wooden block hanger


A hand painted red hand held scrub brush a) that comes with a wooden rectangular block (also painted red) with a metal hook at the top and behind it there is a metal hanger as well b). The colours used in the illustration have white, black, green, oranges, and yellow tinges. It was painted by Teresa Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. The small illustration on the top of the scrub brush is known as "folk art". The floral patterning is represented as "rosemaling", or also known as "rose painting/decorative painting", in which it is from Norwegian origin and is a mix between Dutch painting and traditional folk art. It was named "rosemaling/rose painting/decorative painting" since during the 17th to 18th century, various artists painted roses and other types of flowers. The three main styles of this specific folk art are called Telemark, Hallingdal, and Rogaland, named after the regions of where they were formed. This particular pattern on the scrub brush would be considered as Hallingdal. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. It is characterized by a naïve style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed. Folk art mainly expresses cultural identity, such as sharing community values, by using various materials of wood, clay, metal, paper, and other resources. It reflects traditional art forms of diverse community groups of ethnic, tribal, religious, occupational, geographical, age- or gender-based, who identify with each other and society at large. For donor biography see description for 021.10.01.


Art objects, Household Equipment - Kitchen


Burden, Laura

Date of Object:

ca. 1970s - 1980s

Accession #:



a) 17.4cm L X 4.8cm W, b) 23.5cm L X 8.6cm W

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