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High-post bedstead

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This is one of three surviving beds with a history of ownership in the Derby family. It may have been one of six beds listed in the 1814 inventory of Oak Hill, the most expensive of which was valued at $75. In 1808 John Doggett charged Salem upholsterer William Lemon $16 for "gilding Bed Cornice...

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Owned by Elizabeth Derby at Oak Hill, Peabody, where it remained until 1921, when it had come into the possession of Mrs. Jacob Crowninshield Rogers (Elizabeth Putnam Peabody). It was then acquired and presented to the Museum by Miss Martha C. Codman on May 25, 1921.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Martha C. Codman

about 1804–1814

Object Place

Boston/Roxbury or Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 214


221.93 x 171.45 x 207.64 cm (87 3/8 x 67 1/2 x 81 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, pine, birch, oak, paint, gilding, brass




Furniture, Seating and Beds