Antique 4ft 6” Victorian Anglo Indian Colonial Raj Double Four Poster Bed (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

Here is a fine quality antique 4ft 6” wide Victorian colonial Raj four-poster bed, circa 1880, which will fit a standard UK double size mattress (4ft 6” wide x 6ft 3” long), in good original condition.

• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo (member of the Rosewood family)
• Mattress size: 4ft 6¼” wide by 6ft 6” long (maximum size)
• Will fit a standard UK double mattress (4ft 6” wide x 6ft 3” long)
• Affordable luxury quality mattresses available
• Drop-down canopy
• Four elegant turned tapering posts
• Foliate carved crown
• Moulded headboard top rail
• Single foliate carved panel & spindle headboard
• Ring turned footboard rail with spindles
• Moulded side rails & frame
• Stunning quality carvings
• Turned baluster legs
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Rich brown colour
• Good original condition
• Draping service available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

Here is a fine quality large antique 4ft 6” wide Victorian colonial Raj double four-poster bed, boasting the original polish, circa 1880, originating from colonial India. The bed will fit a standard UK double mattress (which measures 4ft 6” wide by 6ft 3” long). The bed incorporates a single tier structure, with a single carved floral panel headboard, topped with a floral carved crown, flanked by a bank of ring turned spindles, below an arched, moulded top rail. The bed incorporates moulded side rails and head- & footboard rails. To the bottom of the bed, the single tier footboard incorporates multiple ring turned spindles, below a horizontal turned rail. Above the bed frame, four ring turned tapered posts support a drop-down canopy. The bed terminates on ring turned baluster legs. The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.

Retaining the original polish and patination, the bed boasts a rich brown colour, with a satin French polish finish. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood (a member of the Rosewood family) and has a superior structure. This bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation and we can provide affordable good quality custom mattresses. This is a superior quality centrepiece for any bedroom and is ideal for those who prefer a wider bed.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 192.2cm or 75⅝” or 6ft 3⅝”
External Width = 148.5cm or 58½” or 4ft 10½”
External Length = 216.2cm or 85⅛” or 7ft 1⅛”
Headboard height (including Crown) = 145cm or 57⅛” or 4ft 9⅛”
Headboard height (excluding Crown) = 107.3cm or 42¼” or 3ft 6¼”
Footboard height = 83.2cm or 32¾” or 2ft 8¾”
Height from floor to top of side rails = 60.1cm or 23⅝” or 1ft 11⅝”
Height from floor to bottom of side rails = 49.8cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Side rail depth = 10.3cm or 4”

Mattress Dimensions (slats not lowered):
Length = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6” (maximum opening)
Width (slats) = 132.3cm or 52⅛” or 4ft 4⅛” (maximum opening)
Width (including side rails) = 137.8cm or 54¼” or 4ft 6¼” (maximum opening)

Mattress Dimensions (slats lowered):
Length = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6” (maximum opening)
Width = 129.7cm or 51” or 4ft 3” (maximum opening)

The price for this item is £0 including free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object History

The style of this bed dates from 1840 until 1947 (until Indian Independence). The beds were constructed for the British Raj, their families and the British Military in Colonial India. The beds were designed to collapse and be transported “flat pack” so could easily be moved whilst on military exercises and to their summerhouses in the hills. They were made when the Raj was at its height. The size, style and quality of the bed depict the status of the occupier or the military rank of the owner. They were made from the finest wood usually Mahogany, Teak or Sissoo wood (a member of the rose wood family).

Teak and sissoo wood were used extensively in the construction of these colonial four-poster beds because they had the advantage of only minimally expanding and contracting when exposed to extremes in temperature and humidity. They were resistant to woodworm, termites, and the occasional splash of seawater.

Object Condition

This bed is in good condition, which is commensurate with its age. Some nominal old use marks to the leading edges and polish but nothing significant considering the age of the item. This bed, which retains the original polish and patination, boasts a rich brown colour, with a light satin polish finish. It is extremely difficult to replicate this colour and patination with furniture that has been re-polished. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood (a member of the Rosewood family) and has a superior structure. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

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Organsdale Farm
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