Pear Tree Gallery

Interior with Peasant Family
by Adriaen Ostade
 
1647
 
No luxuries here. Cooking is done on an open hearth in a single-room earth-floored cottage. A short flight of steps leads to a ladder giving access to a boarded loft. There is little in the way of furniture. A turned three-legged stool stands by a plain three-legged table. Three legs are better than four when the floor is uneven. In the background is a woven rush cradle. Rush was more commonly used for cradles than wood; it was cheaper and cradles often had to burned if the infant died of something infectious.