20TH CENTURY QUEEN SIZE HENKEL HARRIS VIRGINIA GALLERIES CHIPPENDALE ANTIQUE STYLE MAHOGANY RICE CARVED PLANTATION TESTER / CANOPY BED
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With our highest compliments we're proud to offer for sale this exceptional 20th century queen size rice carved Henkel Harris mahogany flat top tester / canopy bed. Henkel Harris continues to produce some of the finest home furnishings with exquisite attention to detail of timeless antique designs. The partnership began in 1940's between the Henkel family and John Harris. The unlikely trio was rather inexperienced in cabinet making but spent countless hours studying antiques they coveted so highly. They paid particular mind to the way these timeless treasures were crafted and finished and sought out to recreate the quality of Americas golden age of cabinetry. The name has become synonymous with quality and tradition.
A traditional 18th century design, a rice carved bed is a highly sought after American staple. The earliest known examples were made in the Carolinas in the second half of the 18th century. The original gentleman to commission the design wanted the plants that gave him his immense wealth carved into the post. Rice and tobacco we're the most prevalent cash crops in the area at the time. Commonly referred to as simply plantation beds this example stands on block collared feet with decorative brass bed bolt covers. The posts begin with a finely carved tobacco leaf motif with additional leaf carvings above separated by a ringlet turning. This transitions to a short rope twist carving leading into a fantastic rice carving before a generously tapered & reeded post. The bed has a flat top 7 piece tester / canopy system and each post is topped with a carved turned urn finial. We caught some shadows in our photo series resulting in some dark looking areas. The bed is a great red mahogany color in great condition. The overall dimensions are 67" wide x 87" long x 88" tall. The interior sizes are 61" x 80" (Queen Size).