High-post bedstead

About 1760–80


Object Place: Salem or Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

204.47 x 142.24 x 198.75 cm (80 1/2 x 56 x 78 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1983.126

Medium or Technique

Mahogany

On View

Amelia Peabody Gallery (Gallery 137)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

This leg is one of four from a high-post bed frame in the Museum’s collection. The leg illustrates several of the construction and decoration topics discussed in this gallery: mortise-and-tenon joinery, turning, and carving.

Provenance

Owned by Katherine Kipper, Concord, MA, dates unknown; to Mr. and Mrs. George Maurice Morris, date unknown; with Christie's Auction House; to MFA January 1983, purchased for $48,703.42

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Associated Friends of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, The Seminarians, and the William E. Nickerson Fund