SHAW, Richard Norman
(b. 1831, Edinburgh, d. 1912, London)


Carved oak with gilt and painted decoration and leather straps, 114 x 110 x 53 cm (with hood fully back)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The cradle was designed by Richard Norman Shaw for the son of the architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905). At this time a number of architects and artists were becoming engaged in the design and decoration of furniture, stimulated by the activities of William Morris and William Burges. The use of oak, a native English wood, straight rather than curved lines, and painted decoration inspired by Medieval furniture, are typical of architect-designed furniture in this period.

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