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High-post bed


Object number

RIF987

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

210.82 x 140.97 x 194.31cm (83 x 55 1/2 x 76 1/2in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (rails), yellow poplar (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"652," stamped, on inner edge of head and foot rails; "VII," incised, on proper right side rail at foot; "II," incised, on proper left side rail at foot, slightly cut off

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George Smith Palmer (1855–1934), New London, Connecticut. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1961. Dr. Clarence Zimmerman, before 2010; consigned by his estate to Sotheby's, New York, January 22–23, 2010, lot 487

Associated names

George Smith Palmer
Israel Sack, Inc.
Dr. Clarence Zimmerman
Sotheby's

Construction

The front posts are integral with the short, sharp-kneed cabriole legs. The ball and claw feet are vigorously carved, the ball elongated, the knuckles prominent, and the tendons pronounced. The posts are stop-fluted and possibly reduced in height. The side rails are tenoned into the foot rail and head rail. The knee brackets are glued and nailed. The rear Marlborough legs have mitred corners and are fluted on the front and outsides only. Examined by B. W. Colman, P. E. Kane, M. Taradash, January 27, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 142, no. 388, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 134–135, no. 88, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2010), 94, lot 487, ill.