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A magnificent late eighteenth carved mahogany bedstead

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A magnificent late eighteenth carved mahogany bedstead
A very stately late eighteenth century carved and reeded mahogany bedstead with a tester and full cornice, and bed hangings, circa 1785-1795,from Great Britain or possibly America. Grandly accommodating in size, this bed was formerly the property of a notable southern estate and is shown in "as found' condition, with excellent color and patina. The proportions are phenomenally unique, indicating that it was the work of a superior cabinet workshop. The foot posts feature an unusual emerging flower bud the is carved between the reeding which appears on the foot posts. The bed measures an impressive 95 1/2" in height, 64" in width, and 79 1/2" in length. The two-hundred year old bed has been well-cared for and is not only a visual delight, but exceedingly comfortable. The bed hangings, though modern, are appropriate to the styles and fashions of the Neo-Classical period, although the fabrics would have greatly differed. Surprisingly, draperies were often hung with complete disregard to the carved posts, thus many were obscured. Often, the cost of the hangings exceeded the cost of the bed itself. "Beds are an article of much importance, as well on the account of the great expense in attending to them, as the variety of shapes, and he high degree of elegance which may be shewn [sic] in hem. They maybe executed of almost every stuff which the loom produces. White dimity, plain or corded, is peculiarly applicable for the furniture, which, with "gymp" heads, produces an elegance and neatness truly agreeable. The Manchester stuffs (cotton velvets) have been brought into Bed-furniture with good success. Printed cotton and linens are also very suitable; the elegance and variety of patterns which afford as much scope for taste, elegance and simplicity, as much as the most capricious fancy can wish...In state rooms, where a high degree of elegance and grandeur are wanted, bed hangings are frequently made of silk or satin, figured or plain, also velvet, with gold fringe, & c." CONDITION: Outstanding. No notable repairs. The bed will undergo a mild, professional conservation treatment to the finish, which will make its color and hue even more vibrant. Beds from the eighteenth century that survive intact and unsullied by time and events, are alarmingly rare. As ceiling heights became lower during the nineteenth century, high post beds, such as this example were either discarded, to cut down.

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