Oak and ebony bedstead

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Holland or Utrecht
Second quarter of the 17th century
oak, Ebony
220 cm
194 cm
137 cm

L. van Aalst & A. Hofstede, Noord-Nederlandse meubelen van renaissance tot vroege barok 1550-1670, Houten 2011, p. 449.


Private collection J.R. Ritman, Amsterdam

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Bedstead with a transferring, multi-profiled hood molding with a slightly curving frame with seven consoles with lion heads. The frieze runs over both the long side and the short side of the bed. The narrow frieze has been narrated in ten elongated panels that are veneered with ebony and encased in slightly profiled frames. The architrave is decorated with ebony accents in the form of buttons and rectangular sheets. The main frame of this bed could easily be placed on a Dutch or Utrecht two-door cabinet, this was probably also manufactured at the same time. The top of the bedstead is designed in the same way as the walls of the long and the short side (headboard): a profiled frame, with elongated wooded panels on the inside, as they are often seen on the sides of cabinets. The panels on the outside of the bed have a profiled flat frame, as with five-panel chests. The footboard is decorated with a large carved border and ebony accents. A balustrade with eyelets has been fitted underneath, as you will find in rood-screens in churches. A very decorative and functional decoration, because the curtain of the foot end will not have closed this part, creating a possibility for ventilation. The column that supports the top is designed differently for each bed, but often shows strong similarities with the columns of the Dutch two-door column cabinet. It is a part that lends itself to restrained frivolities in the carving or to the application of ebony accents, as is the case with this bed. Ebony pendants and drippers are placed against the posts, being typically decorative motifs for the North Netherlands.


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