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Bedstead

Bedstead
Title
Bedstead
Date 
1810-1825
Medium 
Mahogany, pine, gilding, silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 110 1/2 x 62 x 81 in. ( 280.7 x 157.5 x 205.7 cm )
Description 
Four-poster high-post double bedstead with tester. Tester frame with gadrooned rails alternating black-painted and gilded sections; square corner blocks with carved and gilded lion's heads; gilded mount with two facing birds screws to center of tester; beige silk fabric nailed to underside of tester. Four octagonal turned and reeded posts which taper towards top; four leaf-carved turned extension posts which fit onto top of posts and receive tester; base of posts are block-turned, have corner blocks with carved lion's heads, and end in leaf-carved legs with paw feet and brass casters. Three carved wooden caster cups (one missing). Headboard, held between blocks of posts, with two square inset panels and reeded columns at sides; footboard (possibly replaced) a solid panel with two semi-circular cut-outs on each side. Eleven rectangular slats fit into rabbets in bed rails.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Heirs of Philip Schuyler through Miss Grace Schuyler Luze
Object Number 
INV.15023
Gallery Label 
This bed is from the guest room of the Old Schuylerville House in Saratoga County, New York. According to Historical Society records, Lafayette slept in this bed in 1824.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group