Tall-post bed

Tall-post bed
Tall-post walnut bedstead (HOA 78", WOA 59", LOA 79"). Possibly the earliest known American tall-post bed (Bivins). This bed would have been displayed in the parlor, demonstrating to guests the family's wealth and prestige. Turned posts with mannerist turnings (vase & scotia, compressed balls). Tapered leg terminates in ball-turned foot. Posts have lost 8-12" from original height. Peaked headboard with ovolo moldings at outer corners separate from headrail. Footboard may be early addition (18th C.). Virginia or possibly North Carolina. Located in the King-Bazemore parlor. The accompanying video describes the bed in more detail.
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Historic Hope Plantation
Location of Original
Historic Hope Plantation
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