Joined Cradle

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1670-1700

GUSN

GUSN-50630

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

Descriptive Terms

cradles (children's beds)
oak (wood)
joining
pine (wood)
Bed
Bed, Child's
Cradle
Cradle

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.

Associated Building

Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.),

Maker

Possibly Jaques, Stephen (Maker)
Possibly Jaques, Henry (Maker)

Object Type

Furniture; Sleeping & Reclining Furniture

Dimensions

32 1/4 x 25 x 34 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Amelia W. Little

Accession Number

1986.63

Places

Massachusetts (United States)