This large doll cradle has so much personality and style, it looks as good in the living room as it does in the playroom. The overall color is a medium green that has been overpainted with a brownish glaze; this used be referred to as "antiquing" but is now more often called "distressing." Whatever you call it, it is meant to make an item look aged and was very popular in the 1960's, when we feel this was painted (avocado green and harvest gold, anyone?) The cradle itself is older than the paint job and shows at least one other layer of previous paint color in the worn areas. With minor variations that are usual with hand painted items, the decorations on the sides are identical---mustard, yellow and red flowers surrounded by leaves and branches. The two ends match each other, too, an arrangement of white and yellow daisies in a green vase.
This cradle measures 21 1/2 inches long from the outer edge of one rocker to the other, 14 inches high from the bottom of the rocker to the top of the red-painted mushroom finial and 10 1/2 inches front to back. The inner measurement is 9 1/2 inches front to back and 20 inches long. It's very sturdily constructed, weighing 7 1/2 pounds. As to condition, the paint is chippy and worn, attractively so. There is a hairline crack in the wood, on one of the long sides, about 3 1/2 inches long, not obvious until you look for it. The seven slats that form the bottom are solidly in place. It's a pretty display for dolls, a great photo prop, a charming place for magazines and a wonderful gift for adults or children.