19C American Mahogany Rice 4 Poster Bed

19C American Mahogany Rice 4 Poster Bed.

19C American Mahogany Rice 4 Poster Bed


Presenting a RARE 19C American Mahogany Rice 4 Poster Bed.

From circa 1880 and made of solid mahogany.

In the Charleston Style, South Carolina..

BEAUTIFUL carving on all four posters. Acanthus carvings with ball finials.

The central column on the baseboard is gorgeously carved and turned.

Solid mahogany…..quite heavy.

We have the side rails.

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A STUNNING SOUTHERN BED!!

 

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"The history of the rice bed originates in 1750, when furniture craftsman Thomas Elfe received a commission to design several pieces of furniture for a wealthy landowner in North Carolina. One of the requested pieces included the rice bed, also known as the Charleston rice bed or a plantation bed. The plantation owner who commissioned the four-poster bed, supposedly required that the symbols of his wealth be intricately carved into the posts of the bed.

A traditional rice bed is carved out of a rich mahogany or cherry wood. The headboard is normally taller than the footboard and shaped in a rounded style, similar to a camel hump. Posts stand at the four corners of the bed. These rounded posts contain elaborate carvings -- primarily of rice or tobacco, as these two crops were prevalent in the South at the time and provided a good source of income to plantation owners.

Rice beds differ from other four-poster beds. Unlike most four-poster beds that contain a rail between each post, the four posts in a rice bed do not connect to each other but stand alone. There is no area to drape curtains or method to close the bed off. Another difference is a rice bed has no canopy. Rather than a fabric topping over the bed or even a wooden one, a rice bed is bare.

The originator of the rice bed, Thomas Elfe, was based in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the premier cabinetmakers of the 18th century, Elfe followed the Chippendale school of design in his furniture pieces. A highly sought-after tradesperson, Elfe averaged between 17 to 30 pieces a month, leading historians to believe he employed others for assistance. Elfe left behind an accounting for the last eight years of his life detailing the pieces he created."

 

Link: https://www.hunker.com/13403392/what-is-a-rice-bed

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19C American Mahogany Rice 4 Poster Bed.

Provenance: From a Private Collector in University Park, Dallas.

Condition: Very Good.

Dimensions: Headboard is 71" tall, 80" wide (long) and 56.5" deep.......... Double or Full Size Bed.

Price: $4,450.00. Sale Price Now: $2,700.00