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This small antique Chinese bed would make a very unusual backless sofa.
Side Rail Details:
The front side rail has has the appearance of 5 individual carved panels with stile and rail framework around each panel. In reality the front is cleverly carved out of a single board. The faux stiles and rails all have a molded bead on each edge and the panels have raised carvings on each panel. The back side rail is also a single board, but it has much simpler detailing.
All four of the corner posts are beautifully detailed. Each post is topped off with an intricately carved grouping of people, some on horses, with a pagoda shaped roof on top. The square corners transition into round legs. The side edges of the corners have relief carvings that run up most of the height. Each of the legs sit on a foot rest that is carved in the shape of a Fu (Foo) dog or protective lion. For more info on the meaning of the Fu Dog, see our article about Chinese symbolism. One of the Fu dogs has a missing section (see photos).
Head and Foot board Details:
The head and foot board have relief carvings on the inside. The outsides each have 4 small arch-top painted scenes surrounded by intricate relief carvings. When you look at all the photos, you can see that there is a missing cross rail at the bottom of the head and foot board. There may have originally been another panel or apron below the rails.
This bed is mostly finished in a warm red with gold highlights on many of the carvings. There is some wear on the paint, but overall the finish is intact.
It is very easy to picture this antique Chinese bed being used as a unique backless sofa or day bed.
The bed is shipped in 4 separate pieces and is assembled with hidden bed bolts in each corner. Provisions need to be made by the buyer to support the mattress or cushions (not included).
Antique Chinese Bed Backless Sofa
Region: China, Most likely Fujian
Material: Wood (Mixed)
Approx Age: 100-150, Qing Dynasty
Approx. Dimensions: 77-1/2″ long, 30″ Deep, 16-1/2″ Tall (top of side rails), 29″ Tall at corner posts.
SKU # KB-11061
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