Henry VIII carved bed

Circa 1520 - 1540

W 66 1/4 × H 91 1/2 × D 83 1/2

Stock # Marh535


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Henry VIII carved oak and elm bedstead, the head board with three huge enriched parchemin panels held by two elm posts and carved, the posts which are interrupted in the centre by a knop and rising up into a leafy column. The foot posts carved in the same manner as the head board posts. Above the bedstead the original frame enriched with applied floral carved decoration within a chanel moulding and cornice. Foot posts initialed IH and AH within the knop. Ancient repairs and restorations as one would expect with such an early piece, 100% of all beds pre 1600 are fragmentary, beds pre 1550 are extremely rare and even more fragmentary. Provenance: The bed is illustrated in the March 1950 issue of 'The Connoisseur" and photographed in the room Margaret of Anjou is reputed to have married Henry VI in at St. Margaret's Priory, Titchfield, Hampshire. The Advert was for Mr and Mrs T.H. Campbell-Howes antiques. A similar bedstead can be seen in M.Jourdain, English Decoration and Furniture 1500 -1650 owned by Arthur Radford at Bradninch house, Devon, page 272, figure 385.