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The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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New York

A VERY RARE FEDERAL FIGURED MAPLE FOLDING CRANE-TESTER PENCIL-POST BEDSTEAD, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1800
together with an embroidered canopy, three curtains and two tie-backs.
Height 87 in. by Width 54 in. by Depth 78 1/4 in.; 221 by 137.2 by 198.8 cm.
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Provenance

John S. Walton, New York, 1977;
Vogel Collection no. 283.

Catalogue Note

Folding bedsteads were useful in small New England homes where space was at a premium.  The cabinetmakers of Hampshire County, Massachusetts issued a price list in 1796 that stated a “Cord Bedstead, to turn against the wall” would cost $4.  A closely related example to this bedstead is in the collection of Historic Deerfield and another is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg (see Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield, (New York:, E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1976, p. 98, no. 199) and Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg, (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974), p. 31, no. 19).

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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New York