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Photo: Courtesy The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Va., Gift of Earl W. and Eleanor G. Sargent, 1977-199
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Low-post bed


Object number

RIF4721

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

81.28 x 133.35 x 196.215 cm (32 x 52 1/2 x 77 1/4 in.)

Date

1720–1770

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple and white pine (headboard)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Roman numerals, incised, on each bed part near its construction joint

Style

vernacular style

Provenance

Arthur Leslie Green, Newport, Rhode Island; sold to Earl W. Sargent (born 1899) and his wife, Eleanor G. Sargent (born 1900), Greenville, North Carolina, 1934; bequeathed to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1977

Associated names

Arthur Leslie Green
Earl W. Sargent
Eleanor G. Sargent

Construction

The double-serpentine, single-board, arched headboard with chamfered top edge is tenoned into the headposts with turned, conical finials and turned, tapering ring-incised legs. Into the blocked portion of the headposts are tenoned rectilinear head and side rails, pierced to accommodate ropes which support bedding. The footposts with turned, flattened-ball finials, are similarly turned, and tenoned to receive the foot rail. The inside upper corners of the rails are chamfered. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Colonial Williamsburg.

Notes

The bed retains traces of red paint.