ENGLAND, Probably Leeds area, circa 1680
Carved and inlaid oak rocking cradle. The arched hinged canopy set above a spindle turned gallery. With turned finial surmounts, the panelled sides with foliate scrolls and inlaid borders. mounted with turned knobs. The head end with stylised carving including exotic birds and a mask. Incorporating a boxed drawer, which can be opened from the head end. Set on shaped rockers.
Ralph Edwards discusses cradles in ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture: Volume Two’ (Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1983), pp.148-154. He states that: ‘The term “cradle” is defined in the New English Dictionary as “a little bed or cot properly mounted on rockers.”’