"Four Post Bed of Mahogany"

Collection Type

  • Photography





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Design drawing titled "Bed of Mahogany" rendered in pencil on trace. Front and side views are shown. Neoclassical-style double tester bed has rectangular headboard with carved rope motifs forming a serpentine crest; rectangular footboard with two recessed panels; four turned posts with upper vasiform sections, middle urns, and square bases with elaborate carving throughout including rosettes, acanthus leaves, bell flowers, garlands and swags; short turned and carved vasiform legs with cuffs and terminating in casters; and tester frame attached to posts. Tester has flat top, molded cornice, and frieze with carved rosettes at ends and central carved basket of fruit with swags. Title, numerous design notes, "Detail 17161," "4041 Mrs. James N. Castle April 11, 1914" are handwritten on drawing. Drawing is embossed at lower left corner with "Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. / Manufacturers & Decorators." Bed is a copy of one made for The White House by A. H. Davenport Co., differing only in height and width.


Descriptive Terms

beds (furniture)
double beds
tester beds
design drawings

Physical Description

1 design drawing in pencil (14 x 19 1/2 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

Date of Acquisition


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Record Details


After A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Manufacturer)
Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Manufacturer)

Material Type

design drawings

Description Level


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