A 17th century and later oak tester bed'Until recently on display at East Riddlesden Hall'
Lot 654
A 17th century and later oak, inlaid and carved tester bed Possibly Yorkshire
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,414) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Sale Chester
19 Jan 2012 10:00 GMT

Auction 19878
Lot Details
A 17th century and later oak, inlaid and carved tester bed
Possibly Yorkshire
The panelled tester centred by a recessed carved lozenge panel flanked by nulled and further lozenge carved panels, the headboard carved with leaf motifs above three floral marquetry inlaid panels spaced by carved figural terms, above a gadroon carved rail and four plain panels, raised on impressive scroll, leaf and gadroon carved end-posts, joined by a twin-panelled end-board, 149cm wide x 216cm deep x 202.5cm high, (58.5" wide x 85" deep x 79.5" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: On display in The Great Chamber, East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, since 1959. Illustrated in the current National Trust Members' Handbook. p. 298.

    There are design elements to this bed that may assign a Yorkshire attribution. The area around Leeds, as far South-West as Halifax, is renowned for furniture characterised by inlaid floral panels, similar to those found on the headboard, and dated to the middle of the 17th century. As Chinnery in Oak Furniture, p. 470, points out the work is distinctly 'Elizabethan' in its character...an archaic survival of an earlier taste, particularly in the case of the inlaid panels. These are decorated with a variety of plants which issue from a variety of flowerpots and mounds. A further Yorkshire 'signature' design is to be found on the bulbous end-posts with the use of heavy cross-hatched filled lobes, ibid., p. 474, Fig.4:126.
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