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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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GEORGIAN STYLE CANOPY BED
carved mahogany
216 by 201 by 140cm., 85 by 79 by 55in.
late 19th / early 20th century
Made circa 1900.
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Catalogue Note

This bed is very similar to a Georgian style mahogany bed with arched tester that was used as a prop in Gone With the Wind and used by the character Scarlett O’Hara. Michelangelo Capua, Vivien Leigh: A Biography, 2003, p. 97 writes, ‘[Vivien’s Bedroom] was located on the second floor of the house [Notley Abbey] with a large fireplace and an original four-poster bed from Gone With the Wind. Comparing the piece with stills from the film proves this not to be the case, however it is tempting to think that the present bed may have been acquired by Vivien on the basis that it reminded her of that used by her character in an iconic scene from the film.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London