European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
CradleMade in Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Possibly made in Florence, Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Walnut with remains of gilded and painted decoration
2000-117-1125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 2000
LabelThis cradle is a rare surviving example of an expensive, everyday cradle from the Renaissance. The three coats of arms—identified variously over the years—indicate that the child intended to occupy it was the offspring of families of consequence. Originally, much of the surface of the cradle was enlivened with gold and brightly painted decoration.
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