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Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Possibly made in Florence, Italy, Europe

c. 1570

Walnut with remains of gilded and painted decoration

35 x 41 x 22 inches (88.9 x 104.1 x 55.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 252, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (ARCO Chemical Company Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 2000

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This 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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