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Mahogany Tester Bed

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This incredible mahogany tester bed is monumental and stately

Key Features

  • This rare mahogany tester bed is monumental in size and beauty
  • Rich carving adorns this piece from the headboard to the tapered columns
  • Tester beds were the ultimate status symbol of the antebellum era
  • Late 19th century
  • 65" wide x 84" deep x 111" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    65 Inches
  • Height:
    111 Inches
  • Depth:
    84 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    America
This exceptionally rare American Rococo Revival mahogany tester bed exhibits superior craftsmanship and detail. Embellished with elaborate carving from the paneled headboard, which boasts a cartouche of fruit and scrolls carved in high relief, to carved flowers on the sides, the bed is a work of monumental size and exceptional artistry. A canopy of folded silk supported by tapering quatrefoil columns completes this elegant design.

A bed of such remarkable size and luxury, reminiscent of the antebellum era, served as the ultimate status symbol and was among the most prized of possessions. Most of the known furnishings from this period are tucked away in museums or held by a few families of long Southern lineage and are very desirable, especially those of such commanding size and grandeur.

Late 19th century

65" wide x 84" deep x 111" high

In the thirteenth century, canopy or tester beds were first introduced to high society as an alternative style bed that allowed for greater seclusion at night. The first tester beds were made with suspended cords attached to overhead beams on which curtains hung. Tester beds quickly developed into bedchambers, used to provide privacy for sick persons. By the fifteenth century, canopy beds developed into palatial pieces of furniture. During the reign of William and Mary, the bedsteads became very tall, although they were less wide, in keeping with their loftier rooms. Eventually, tester beds were crafted in more stylized designs, which led furniture makers to consider both functionality and aesthetic value when creating these masterpieces. The ultimate romantic concept soon became the canopy or Tester with sumptuous drapes.  

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