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High-post bedstead

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This leg is one of four from a high-post bed frame in the Museum's collection. The leg illustrates several of the construction and decoration topics discussed in this gallery: mortise-and-tenon joinery, turning, and carving.


Owned by Katherine Kipper, Concord, MA, dates unknown; to Mr. and Mrs. George Maurice Morris, date unknown; with Christie's Auction House; to MFA January 1983, purchased for $48,703.42

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Associated Friends of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, The Seminarians, and the William E. Nickerson Fund

About 1760–80

Object Place

Salem or Boston, Massachusetts, United States


204.47 x 142.24 x 198.75 cm (80 1/2 x 56 x 78 1/4 in.)

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Furniture, Seating and Beds