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Object Name: Cradle
Date: 1760-1775
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Medium: Pine with poplar; leather, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 28 x 26 x 45 1/4 in. ( 71.1 x 66 x 114.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Leather-covered pine cradle with edges outlined with brass studs, curved hood with double serpentine-cut front board, and arched foot board; three brass handles, one on either side and one at foot; raised on shaped rockers.
Credit Line: Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Object Number: 1959.89
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According to the accession records, this cradle belonged to Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) and his family. The Chancellor married Mary Stevens (1752-1814) in 1770. The two had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Maria Livingston. The leather on the cradle elevated this everyday domestic object into something elegant and worthy of an esteemed and wealthy Hudson Valley family.


"Robert R. Livingston and the American Enlightenment," Clermont State Historic Site, June 29 - December 18, 1996.

"Slavery in New York," New-York Historical Society, October 17, 2005-March 5, 2006.