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This Antique Chinese wedding bed or opium bed is like a small enclosed alcove built on a raised platform. The front has fancy carved panels around the entrance opening.
Each side of the opening has a panel divided into 5 sections with rounded end posts. The top 2 sections feature various relief carved floral designs and a Phoenix bird. The larger center section is open with some pierced carvings at the top. The lower 2 sections have relief carvings, with the larger of the 2 showing a pair of dancing characters in a courtyard. At the very bottom is a small apron with carved designs.
Between the end panels is a beautiful hand carved header. The upper part of the header is 3 horizontal carved panels, Each panel shows Chinese people with a wall in the background as well as some trees. Below the panels is a carved apron with floral designs.
Most of the carvings on the front have gold details on the raised carvings.
The large raised platform of this Chinese antique wedding bed has a wide front skirt wit 5 raised rectangular panels.
The floor of the platform is done in a woven mat glued to a solid base.
The back wall of the bed is made up of 5 panels. Each panel has a small carved section at the top that is above a larger open window. Inside the window is a pair of open squares held in place by a number of carved sections. Below the window is another small section with relief carvings. The large lower section is a flat panel.
The sides of the bed are made up of 3 panels that match the ones in the back. These panels, as well as the back panels, have a sliding wood panel that can be raised to block off the windows. You can see in the 2 photos of the left side of the bed that show the windows closed and open.
The ceiling was made of 3 flat wood panels and there is some warping on the panels. We prefer the bed more open without the panels, but they are included with the bed.
This Chinese wedding bed is finished in a reddish brown lacquer with gold highlights on many of the carvings.
This bed as shown in the photos has been assembled almost entirely without fasteners, but a few screws do make assembly easier.
This antique Chinese wedding bed is functional as well as decorative. It can be used as a sleeping bed or in a more formal room for seating.
This bed is delivered disassembled, but two people should be able to put it together in about less than 2 hours.
This is a chance for you to own a beautiful Chinese wedding bed at an affordable price.
As can be seen in the photos, there are some age cracks in the frame and several small missing or repaired pieces in the frame and also on the platform. While not perfect, it would be extremely difficult to find another bed similar at this price. We have priced the bed taking in account the flaws and the bed is sold as is.
If this bed is to be delivered within a 5 hour drive of Charlotte, NC, you have the option of personal delivery and assembly for an additional $250.00.
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Antique Chinese Wedding Opium Bed.
Chinese Wedding Bed Specifications:
Region: probably Zhejiang Provence
Material: Mixed Wood
Approx Age: 1850- late Qing Dynasty
Approx. Dimensions: 81″ long, 56″ Deep Outside Dimensions at base, 77″ x 52″ Inside dimensions at floor (Uses a Full Size Mattress). 80″ Tall to top of frame
SKU # ML-11183
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