High-post bedstead with reeded-baluster-and-ringed-urn-turned footposts, a flat-arched headboard, and pegged rails. The footposts have reeded baluster shafts above tall, double-ringed vases set on spool-and-double-ring bases, plain, vertical blocks at the rails, and inverted baluster legs with double-ring-and-spool tops and double-spool and circular pad feet. The octagonal or "pencil post" headposts have plain, square feet tapered below the rails. The headboard is tenoned into the headposts. The rails are L-shaped, are higher than they are wide, and have a narrow chamfer along their top inside edge fitted with pegs for a roped or sacking bottom. The lower half of the footrail is notched below each of the peg holes. The rails are tenoned into the posts and secured with iron bed bolts; the bed bolt covers are missing. The tester or lath frame (modern) rests on iron pins in the tops of the posts.

Draped in a yellow cotton printed with green stripes and trails of large-scale pink roses. The bed has a flat tester with rods for the headcloth and curtains along the back and part of the sides. Rods have been inserted between the legs below the rails to support the bedskirt.

Date

1800-1820


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (posts, rails, and headboard)


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 85 in. x 54 1/4 in. x 77 3/4 in. (215.9 cm x 137.8 cm x 197.49 cm)


Credit

Gift of Elizabeth Watkins Rosson, 1961


Object Number

M-2371


Colors


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