Fabulous George III Mahogany and Decorated Four Poster Bed

GILLOWS OF LANCASTER & LONDON (worked from 1730-1903)

Fabulous George III Mahogany and Decorated Four Poster Bed

c. 1780 England

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A fine and rare George III Period Carved Mahogany and Decorated Four Poster Bed, the cornice with a delicately painted central floral swag to the end flanked by foliate scrolls, the side pieces with foliate scrolls and central floral swags, the reeded posts with stylised carved acanthus capitals and leaf with ribbon carved urn bases, the posts with brass bolt covers.

Attribution: Probably by Gillows of Lancaster,
See, Mere Hall sale catalogue, 23rd. May 1994, Christie's lot 127 and Cowdray Park Sale, September 13-15,2011.Christie's lot 630.
Lit: Susan Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, Vol. I, pages 340 - 356.
Lindsay Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs, 1760-1800, Plates 105 & 106 & Colour Plates: 16 & 17.

Provenance: Lady Dunphie, Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove. The four poster bed was part of the estate of the late Lady Dunphie a direct descendant of Sir Richard Arkwright, a key figure of the Industrial Revolution who is often credited with being the creator of the modern factory system. Arkwright was knighted in 1786 and served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire. In 1788 he purchased an estate from Florence Nightingale's father, William, for £20,000 and set about building Willersley Castle for himself and his family. Sir Richard died in 1792 before the building was completed. Willersley Castle was later completed and occupied by his son Richard.

The wealth of Richard Arkwright Junior was much higher than that of his father which was not only due to the textile industry. Initially developing the factory system further he later sold a number of factories and reinvested the money into real estate and banks. When he died he was estimated to be the richest man in the country.

The Arkwright family continued to occupy Willersley Castle until the estate was bought in 1927 by a group of Methodist businessmen, Much of the House contents were sold at auction at this time and the Knight Franks contents sale lists a number of similar beds:
Lot 238 A Hepplewhite mahogany four-post canopy bed, with fluted and leaf carved columns�
Lot 390 A Hepplewhite four-post mahogany bed, with fluted columns carved wheat ears and painted canopy..
Height 250.00 cm (98.43 inches)
Width 182.00 cm (71.65 inches)
Depth 213.00 cm (83.86 inches)
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