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Cradle

1958.100 (RS140877)

Description

Cradle. Red oak with white pine bottom and rockers. Arched bonnet constructed of decoratively turned spindles set horizontally into bent wood rails; four large ball finialed vertical spindles at each corner of bonnet matched by two at foot; body constructed with six panels per side, two at foot and eight at head; panels set into heavy molded stiles and rails; railing of short spindles set above the panels of side and foot; stiles at head and foot cut for placement of rockers.

Details

Label
Various legends-including shipwreck-surround this cradle, which is not surprising considering its astonishingly elaborate design. While we may never know the name of the joiner who made it, he went to extraordinary lengths, using twenty-two joined panels, thirty-three turned spindles, nineteen buttons, and eight finials. Most cradles of this period are plain and functional; this one is truly a masterpiece. It is now on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Maker
unknown
Date
1665-1685
Associated Building
Exhibited At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.).
Material
eastern white pine (wood)
joining
red oak (wood)
turning (shaping process)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Yarmouth (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
Cradle
cradles (children's beds)
eastern white pine (wood)
joining
red oak (wood)
sleeping and reclining furniture
turning (shaping process)
Dimensions
33 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 33 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1958.100
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy Armour, Elizabeth T. Acampora, L. Hope Carter, Guido R. Perera, Henry C. Thacher, Louis B. Thacher, Jr., and Thomas C. Thacher
GUSN
190085

Comments

Thatcher cradle #

AvatarPosted by lpaul rulli on February 13, 2015
I have looked very closely at this cradle and have wondered if the panels show any indication that they might have been painted red at some point. Is the cradle on display?

Thacher Cradle #

AvatarPosted by Nicole Chalfant - Collection Manager on February 17, 2015
Thank you for your inquiry.
There is no indication on the panels of this cradle that the wood was ever painted. This cradle is on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The house is open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month between June 1 and October 15.
Sincerely,
Nicole Chalfant
Collection Manager