D2093. Polychrome Model of a Cradle
Delft, circa 1760
The yellow wicker cradle with an open trelliswork hood at the head, the baby seated inside; wearing a yellow cap and a yellow and white dotted manganese robe with sleeves revealing her hands holding the cradle, the top of the coverlet patterned in iron-red and manganese.
Height: 11.4 cm. (4.5 in.)
Small models of cradles, fire baskets and highchairs were commonly gifted to celebrate an engagement or a wedding (symbolic of the function of marriage and the wish for progeny) or especially a birth. They were probably made by a number of Delft factories over a period of many years.
- Pierced arch, left hand and front handle restored
- Minor glaze chips and fritting