Cradles go back to the earliest times, and there have been many different designs, chiefly differentiated into those which rock and those which do not. The accompanying illustration shows an excellent example of a cradle which is a fine work of art. It is in the Museo Civica in Saluzzo, one of the towns of Piedmont. The museum was formerly the Palazzo Cavasso, while the cradle came from the Castello dei Lagnasco.
The cradle is carved, and on the back is depicted the Holy Family receiving the blessing of heaven, while below is a design reminiscent of the art of Pompeii. The legend above the Holy Family reads: "Gloria in excelsis et in terra pax." The baldachin at the top does not extend out as far as is sometimes seen, but far enough to serve as a support for the curtains. This form was much in vogue in the Tyrol
RUHRÄH J. SIXTEENTH CENTURY CRADLE. Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(2):476. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970080170015