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A GEORGE IV BRASS FOUR POSTER BED 

Origin: England
Circa Date: 1825
Stock No: F3A0267
Location: London
Dimensions:
H: 108.3 in (275.0 cm)
W: 72.8 in (185.0 cm)
L/D: 84.6 in (215.0 cm)
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A George IV lacquered brass four-poster bed, the four reeded posts cast with inverted lotus leaves, surmounted by similarly-cast finials and resting on large, spoked castors.

Provenance:
From the property of the late Lord Elliott.
Broughton Place, Peebleshire, Scotland.

Born Walter Archibald Elliott in London on the 6th of September 1922, he was brought up between a house on London's Cheyne Walk and Broughton Place in Peebleshire - a Scottish baronial estate set amidst grouse moors, built by the architect Sir Basil Spence (1907 - 1976).

After serving in the Second World War he returned to Scotland to study law, and was subsequently appointed QC in 1963. He also served as President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland from 1971 to 1992.

Re-upholstered throughout in Persian red and pale lemon coloured silk.

The use of bold inverted lotus leaves as sculptural decoration to each of the four posts are distinct features of furnishings from this period and in particular the designs of George Bullock (1782/3 - 1818) Bullock was one of the most important furniture makers involved in the re-flowering of Greek and Roman taste in the early nineteenth century. He moved from Liverpool to 4 Tenterden St. Hanover Square, London in 1812, where he had an established business as a sculptor, modeller and cabinet-maker. His patrons included Sir Walter Scott for Abbotsford in the Scottish borders, Matthew Boulton at Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire and the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte's house on the island of St Helena.

The impressive height of this grand example indicates that it was commissioned to take advantage of the full height of the intended bedroom's ceiling space. The four poster's long history in England had made it an ideal furnishing item for the display of lavish bed hangings, that provided a spectacle for the room and very necessary protection against draughts. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, various alternatives on the theme became more popular, for example the tent or field bed, the campaign bed and the French style, that involved curtains draped from a fixed pole above the bed or rich hangings from a domed tester. A considerable change in construction took place from the 1820's with the use of cast iron and polished brass as the favoured materials, replacing carved or painted posts.

Literature:
H. B. and Sons, Sudley Gallery, 1988. George Bullock. John Murray Publishers.

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