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Low-post bed

Object number



Maker Unknown


37 3/4 59 3/8 76 3/8 in. (95.885 150.813 193.993 cm)



Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (rails)




J. K. Byard, Norwalk, Connecticut. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1950

Associated names

John Kenneth Byard
Israel Sack, Inc.


The headposts have turned finials above tripartite shafts, each having a circular, fluted portion above lamb?s tongue ? chamfered corners, a square, fluted central portion (into which is tenoned the double-serpentine crested headboard), and a square, stop-fluted lower portion. The square-sectioned head and side rails, pierced to accommodate ropes which support bedding, are tenoned into the unfluted, square portions of the legs. The side and foot rails are set into footposts which consist of a carved bust, with fluted collar, above a plain, rectangular section, above angular-kneed, acanthus-carved cabriole legs ending in claw and ball feet. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs.


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 54, fig. 1.43–1.43a.
Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1974), 12–13, no. 3, ill.
"The Antiques at Williamsburg: Textiles," Antiques 63, no. 3 (March 1953): 262, ill.
Alice Winchester, ed., The Antiques Treasury of Furniture and Other Decorative Arts at Winterthur, Williamsburg, Sturbridge, Ford Museum, Cooperstown, Deerfield, Shelburne (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1959), 98, ill.