Canopy Bed

c. 1800
$22,800 USD
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Dimensions
W: 89.5" D: 54.0" H: 90.0"
Materials
Northern Elmwood
Rattan
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Q066
Estimated Shipping
$980

A Chinese canopy bed was typically part of a bride's dowry or a gift to a courtesan. It grew to be an important household status symbol, and the subject of rivalry among wives and concubines. Traditionally, beds were central to Chinese everyday life and were very versatile: a bed at night and a seat on which to entertain friends during the day. For sleeping, a canopy bed would have been dressed with fabrics that privately enclosed it.

This elegant early 19th century example features a canopy topped with intricately carved panels and flanked with sculptural floral finials. The refined rattan mat is hand-woven in a time consuming, ancient technique. The surfaces of the wood have aged beautifully, but the original peg joinery no longer securely holds the canopy together. Assembly now requires screws.

Additional Dimensions
Seat Height: 22"
Apron to Floor: 15.5"

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