A large and very rare agateware cradle with trailed slipware inscription: ‘M J + R 1856’. Hand built using slabs of clay for main cradle and rockers. The hood was wheel-
There is strong stylistic evidence to attribute this large cradle to the Kitson family who potted at the Ainley Top and Woodman House potteries near Halifax, Yorkshire. This particular piece was probably by Edward Kitson. Made circa 1856. (See “Collector’s Book of English Country Pottery”, P. Brears (1944, p.48)).
Ceramic cradles were sometimes given as wedding presents to newly married couples and have traditional associations with fertility and good fortune.
Pot ID: AP/1072
Dimensions: Approx. 310mm long. 262mm highest point.
Net Weight (grams): 2771
All four ends of the rockers are missing. Other very minor age related scratches and marks.