Antique Italian King Size Four Post Tester Bed


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Antique Italian King Size Four Post Tester Bed

A rare and magnificent four post tester bed, Italian late 18th century of unusually large proportions being a King Size. The moulded cornice carved with leaves above scrolling foliage and centred by a scrolled gilt cartouche, the red silk damask lined and domed tester outlined with gilt mouldings and centred by a flower head boss, the acanthus carved leaf capped posts above spirals with bobbin turning above fluted sections terminating in turned bun feet and headed by classical flambeau urns, the shaped head board outlined with ribbon carved mouldings, punctuated by classical gilt urns and surmounted by a basket of summer flowers, the footboard outlined with similar ribbon moulding in scrolls and geometric shapes, headed and centred by basket of flowers.

This rare and unusual tester bed would certainly have been commissioned by a wealthy patron possibly for their own use or it could have been ordered for the visit of an important member of the aristocracy or a high ranking churchman. This bed retains most of its original fabric and where it has been replaced, antique fabric of the same era was used. The use of silk damask would have been extremely extravagant at the time.

The use of a basket of Summer flowers in such prominent positions on this bed are indicative of Hope.

Provenance: This piece came from a small chateau belonging to the Bardou-Job family in the Aude region of France near Carcassonne

The owner of the château was keen on recreating the bel époque style, surrounding himself with pieces in that style. Pierre Bardou-Job was a renowned industrialist based in Perpignan. He died in 1892. The lady who sold the bed to the vendor was a member of the family.

Dimensions: Outside - 250cm long x 173cm wide including tester x 300cm high with finials; Inside - 214cm long x 154cm wide

Condition: Country house condition with minor conservation in keeping with age. Some of the original fabric has been replaced with silks damask of the same era - damage in keeping with age to original silk in some areas of the tester. Bolts and joints have been replace to ensure safety of structure.



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Streett Marburg has been a dealer of fine antique furniture for over 35 years. During which time he has gained a reputation for finding rare and beautiful pieces for the public and trade alike. Streett is a frequent exhibitor at both the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair and The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair Battersea.

He specialises in sourcing unique and eclectic pieces of fine English and Continental 18th, 19th and mid Century furniture, objets and textiles. These can be viewed on the shop section of the website, please do feel free to contact Streett, to arrange a private viewing of any of these items by appointment. He is also happy to discuss your particular requirements; as an experienced runner he is happy to source specific pieces for you.

Streett lives and works with his partner Charlotte Casadéjus, collaborating on the decorative side of Streett's business as well as on antique textiles.  Charlotte spends hours lovingly saving and restoring pieces of vintage and antique embroidery, appliqué, objets and other wonderful finds.

Recently, Charlotte and Streett have been having a great deal of fun picking up fantastic pieces of high quality 20th Century design in France, Italy and England. They specialise in the unusual and eclectic.

Charlotte's cushions and bolsters made from antique embroidery and linen are now available to buy in the shop section of this website.


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