Finial, from proper left head corner of Red Room bed. Part of a set of plain weave red wool, 22-23 ends/cm, 25-26 picks/cm, bed hangings heavily ornamented with silk-wrapped vellum passementerie on the upper outer valances and finials. Red woolcloth over a wood mould. Decorated with silk-wrapped vellum passementerie motifs on metal lace. The shallow dome of the finial has 27cm diameter x 5.5cm depth and is covered with wool on upper & underside. Its outer edge is decorated with a row of picots and 8 swags of metal lace carrying passementerie motifs, of vellum strips wrapped with floss silk, and silk tufts. An ornamented 'crown' 29cm high, which sits on a 7.5cm wooden mould (covered with later wool fabric), is created by metal armatures (wrapped with silk) opening out in two layers to carry passementrie motifs. The central upright is wrapped with later threads. Below the dome is a goblet-shaped wooden support (15 cm high) covered with the woolcloth and decorated with three vertical bands of silk woven lace (red, black and cream). The finial would sit on a metal spike, fitting into a wood ‘cup’ (also covered with woolcloth) on the tester frame. However, this finial is now preserved in store at Cotehele.
Apollo Magazine, March 1974, Peter Thornton, French Bedds, Apollo March 1974, pp 182-187 Country Life, 8th February 1990, John Cornforth, Cotehele, Cornwall II, A Property of the National Trust, pp 68-71