Cradle

about 1750–1800


Object Place: New England, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 56.5 x 63.5 x 74.9 cm (22 1/4 x 25 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1983.342

Medium or Technique

Pine, oak, ash bast, willow osier; wrought iron nails

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Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

A cradle of plain woven bast work, reinforced at the edges with with split sections of willow osier; the edge of the hood is braced on its inner edge with smaller strips of osier, also used on back edges of the hood; the edges of the cradle are reinforced by inner willow osier and the outer bast strip is whipped with another fine bast strip; turned-under edge of pine floorboard is in turn nailed to bottom board with chamfered edge by four large clinch nails; the two rockers are held by a dovetailed oak strut nailed from above; coat of light blue paint overall; some losses to hood and throughout.

Provenance

With Mr. William Taylor, North Attleboro, Mass., by 1983, to MFA September 1983, purchased for $1,500 (Accession Date September 14, 1983)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund