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RUBE GOLDBERG. Metal can with original whimsical painting of mousetrap. Gouache and ink on tin can. 508x280 mm; 20x11 inches (diameter). Signed in full. Scattered scuffing, rubbing, and some chips and rust spots. Recovered near Goldberg's home and studio in Northport, Long Island.
Likely used in his studio as an umbrella stand or trash receptacle, the can bears an amusing and elaborate painting of the classic "Rube Goldberg mousetrap." As the mouse jumps up on a seesaw to get the cheese, the other side tips an ink jar into a fountain pen which signs the artist's name with a mechanical hand.