1600 - 1700
234 cm (Height) x 177 cm (Width) x 2250 mm (Length)Order this image
Montacute House, Somerset (Accredited Museum)
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The coats of arms establishes the date of the bed as 1612, the year Prince Henry died and Princess Elizabeth was expected to marry Frederick V. Sir Edward Phelips was not only an officer of Prince Henrys household, but also organised the Masque of the Middle Temple, which formed part of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding celebrations.
Oak tester bedstead, the canopy with four deep panels carved with flowering plants, the cornice carved with shells and roses between lion's masks supported on turned columns at the front, carved with lion's masks, rosettes and leaves, the back with caryatid figures framing carved panels with polychrome decoration, the centre panel carved in relief with the Royal arms of James I, the left panel with the Prince of Wales' escutcheon and the right panel with the arms of the Elector Palatine. Largely seventeenth century, probably assembled from a variety of elements.
Presented to Montacute by J.C.B. Gamlen through the Art Fund, 1946.