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East Bedroom Bed

 

Date: 1771

Location: East Bedroom

White-printed and parcel-gilt four-post bed by Thomas Chippendale, with anthemion cresting, swagged cornice, reeded front posts, foliate baluster bases and square plinths.

Additional Information

Chippendale furnished the best bedrooms, also known as lodging rooms, on the second floor at Harewood and this bed, made c1771, is only of only three to have survived. The drapery and furnishings are not original to the bed, but from the Day Work Book we do know that damask, Manchester stripe, green china, purple and white, stripe cotton, bamboo cotton and India chintz hangings were all used for these beds. In comparison to the State Bed, designed to be an extravagant display of wealth, this piece is much more restrained but still very much in the Neo-classical style. Typical features of this style include the anthemion cresting, architectural cornices, swags of husks and tapering fluted columns. The lodging rooms were intended for guests and it was important therefore that they were decorated in the most fashionable taste, but not to the extravagance of the State Bedroom which was intended for only the most important guests.