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Joined Cradle

1986.63 (RS2322)

Description

Cradle. Joined oak construction, with turnings, moldings and chip-carved decoration. It has molded posts with carved finials, molded and gouge-carved rails and muntions, and plain rectangular panels. Taller head end with side brackets, head and foot boards with a single panel,; sides double-paneled; removable base supported by two slats. Rests on rockers.

Details

Label
This oak cradle passed down in the Little family of the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. It was made either for the first Little child born in this country, Sarah in 1652, or for her nephew John, born in 1680. It was made by the Jacques family, either father Henry, or son Stephen, depending on the date, and the design is consistent with either builder. It is considered one of the finest examples of seventeenth-century Newbury-made furniture in existence.
Maker
Possibly Jaques, Stephen (Maker)
Possibly Jaques, Henry (Maker)
Date
1670-1700
Associated Building
Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
joining
oak (wood)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture; Sleeping & Reclining Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Bed
Bed, Child's
Cradle
cradles (children's beds)
joining
oak (wood)
pine (wood)
Dimensions
32 1/4 x 25 x 34 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1986.63
Credit Line
Bequest of Amelia W. Little
GUSN
50630

Comments

Jaques cradle #

AvatarPosted by Eleanor Motley Richardson on May 27, 2011
When I was a child, my cousin Amelia Little told me that an early Jaques in Newbury/port made this cradle for an early Little, and that both were my ancestors.