An impressive and large crewel-work and painted canopied bed. Mid 19th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2011

incorporating parts of an earlier bed, the crewel-work 18th century. With suspended canopy and matching arched scrolling headboard and footboard, the canopy valance worked with crewelwork and below a painted cornice simulating crewelwork and surmounted by painted wood scroll crestings, the interior of the canopy lined with an additional worked silk valance below a central cartouche worked with needlework and fringing surrounded by gadrooning and coved outer border, with silkwork and crewelwork hangings behind the headboard, both head and footboard embellished with silkwork, crewelwork and fringing, the crewelwork incorporating trailing foliage, birds squirrels and figures, the headboard with a pair of parrots and centred with a beadwork butterfly
120 in. (305 cm.) high as shown, but drapes not quite fully extended. 84 in. (213 cm.) long 68 in. (173 cm.) wide. The footboard 55 in. (140 cm.) high - Estimate £10,000 - £20,000Price Realized £22,500

Provenance: The Herrick Family of Beaumanor, Leicestershire and by descent
Christie's London, 19 September 2002, Lot 190

Literature: 'Unique Bed at Temple Newsam', Leeds Art Calendar, no.8, pg 20-22

Exhibited: On loan to Temple Newsam House, Leeds
On loan to The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Notes: According to family tradition, the crewel-work elements of the bed were worked by three unmarried sisters of the Herrick family. The 18th century house at Beaumanor was destroyed or demolished in 1841 and replaced by a Jacobean style house. It seems probable that the bed in it's present form came into being during the 1840's. Beaumanor was a famous outstation of Bletchley Park in the Second World War and was sold by the family soon after 1945.

Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers, Oak Furniture, Works of Art, Arts & Crafts and Old Master Paintings,8 March 2011.London, South Kensington