The mother of Consuelo (the 9th Duchess) saw the original of this beautiful Italian cradle in the Doge's Palace in Venice. She thought it would be perfect for her grandchildren and wanted to buy it - but it wasn't for sale.

Consuelo's mother usually had her own way, and she asked a group of Italian craftsmen to make an exact copy for her daughter. They built it for her, it was gilded and dressed, and the 10th Duke (father of the present Duke) actually slept in this cradle when he was a baby.

If you look closely you can see that the gold leaf has worn away in places where people have rocked the cradle to soothe the little baby.

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