circa 1770 - circa 1780
Mahogany, Pine, Metal, Cotton twill, Silk
264 x 160 cm; 195 cm (Length)
Place of origin
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Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
A mahogany tester bed, English, circa 1780, the foot posts of carved mahogany, with fluting, turned balusters, acanthus carving and anthemion, the head posts of unpolished timber, the headboard of pine, raised on castors. The textiles associated but contemporary and comprising a tester, curtains, valance and coverlet of white cotton twill worked in a scrolling design in coral (knotted) and satin stitch in coral coloured silk.
By descent until, following the death of Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895 - 1950), Hardwick Hall and its contents were accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death duties and transferred to the National Trust, in 1959.
Westman, Annabel, 'Snug at the Hall': Beds and Canopies and the 6th Duke', in Hardwick Hall: A Great Castle of Old Romance (2016), 282, Figure 281