Cradle

Object Number: 
1978.68a-c
Date: 
1820-1830
Medium: 
Mahogany, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 ft. 3 1/2 in. × 49 1/2 in. × 23 1/4 in. (191.8 × 125.7 × 59.1 cm)
Description: 
Empire swinging cradle with trestle base; cradle supported between two stiles each with turned column surmounted by ball finial and two splayed legs ending in brass paw feet; turned stretcher joins stiles; cradle sides with row of 10 swelled spindles; headboard and footboard each with two inset panels and double-arched crest rail; 4 turned posts at end receive removable tester (b), made up of four S-shaped tester posts hinged to a disk and ball finial; mattress (c).
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, Mrs. Willis Reese (Frances Gallatin), this cradle has been used by many generations of Gallatin descendants. Her aunt, Miss Mary Otis Stevens (also née Frances Gallatin), was the "keeper" of the cradle in the generation before the donor, and claimed that a long line of babies named Frances Gallatin had used the cradle.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Willis Reese
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group