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Baby walker

Object Number: 
INV.14959
Date: 
1700-1750
Medium: 
Cherry (by microanalysis)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 25 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. ( 38.1 x 65.4 x 65.4 cm )
Marks: 
Circular adhesive label on underside of stretcher: "247 / ger" (Nadelman collection sticker)
Description: 
Cherry baby walker consisting of horizontal ring supported by four raked, turned legs; with base consisting of square frame with shaped inner edge mounted on four short legs with wooden casters.
Gallery Label: 
This baby walker is a form typical of Netherlandish walkers called a "loopwagen." Few American examples are known, a scarcity that is not surprising in view of their delicate construction. Dutch book illustrations and paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries show similar baby walkers and attest to their popularity. Like their twentieth-century counterparts, they gave toddlers circumscribed mobility.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group