Antique 5ft 10” Victorian Anglo-Indian Colonial Raj Bombay Teak Four Poster Bed (Circa 1880)

GBP 5,750.00

Contact Dealer To Purchase

Object Description

This is a superb quality antique 5ft 10” wide Victorian Anglo-Indian Raj teak four-poster Bombay bed, circa 1880, in excellent original condition.

• Item: Four Poster Bed
• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: Bombay region, India
• Wood: Teak
• Maximum Mattress size: 5ft 10” wide by 6ft 9” long
• Central barley twist posts panels
• Carved centre post panels
• Drop-down canopy
• Two-tier structure (superior quality)
• Floral pierced ovals panels to head & footboard
• Central carved urn to head & footboard
• Turned spindles to head & footboard
• Straight side rails
• Cabriole legs
• Claw & ball feet
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Rich dark red & brown colour
• Excellent original condition
• Muslin draping service available
• Luxury quality mattresses available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

This is a superb quality antique 5ft 10” wide Victorian Anglo-Indian Raj teak four-poster Bombay bed, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. The bed will fit a custom size mattress up to 5ft 10” wide by 6ft 9” long if the slats are left at the original height. If you choose to lower the slats (in order to see more detail in the headboard), a standard UK king sizes mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long) would fit this bed, although there would be a small gap of 3” between the mattress and inside of the side rail. either side of the mattress. However, this gap could be filled with bedding and space to tuck duvet covers in.

The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes. The four central barley twist posts hold the drop-down canopy in place, which in turn, are held in place by large threaded screws into the head and footboard. In between the turned posts on both the head and footboard is a panel which sports wavy open fretwork carving. The two-tier foot and headboard are mirrored in design featuring a carved central urn surrounded by floral carvings, flanked by turned spindles and oval shaped fretwork panels either side. Below the main panels is a second tier consisting of turned spindles. The head and footboard corners are supported by four sturdy turned columns, which sit above four cabriole legs resting on claw and ball feet. The bed retains the original stunning colour and patination, having been sympathetically cleaned in our workshop by hand.

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 bed.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 221.2cm or 87⅛” or 7ft 3⅛”
External width = 183.8cm or 72⅜” or 6ft 0⅜”
External length = 228.5cm or 90” or 7ft 6”

Headboard height (to finials) = 155.2cm or 61⅛” or 5ft 1⅛”
Footboard height (to finials) = 154.9cm or 61” or 5ft 1”

Height from floor to top of side rails = 50.6cm or 19⅞” or 1ft 7⅞”
Height from floor to bottom of side rails = 40.4cm or 16” or 1ft 4”
Side rail depth = 10.2cm or 4”

Mattress Dimensions (slats not lowered):
Length = 206cm or 81⅛” or 6ft 9⅛” max
Width (slats) = 170.5cm or max 67⅛” or 5ft 7⅛”
Width (including side rails) = 177.5cm or 69⅞” or 5ft 9⅞” max

Mattress Dimensions (slats lowered):
Length = 206cm or 81⅛” or 6ft 9⅛” max
Width = 167.5cm or 66” or 5ft 6” max

The price for this item is £5,750, which includes free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland* and free 14-day returns.

Lowering the Slats:
The benefit of lowering the slats is that you get to see more of the headboard carvings even though you are using a modern 10″ – 12″ depth mattress. The original Victorian mattresses would have only been 2″ – 3″ deep. The slats are lowered by around 3″ in height. By lowering the slats, the width of the mattress will be reduced by 1″ in total.

It is advised that 1″ should be removed from the mattress width dimension, if the slats are to be lowered. Between 1″- 3″ (in total) should be removed from the above mattress length dimension to allow the mattress to comfortably fit on the bed between the headboard and footboard.

The mattress shown on the bed in the pictures is a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6″ long), which measures 5ft wide x 6ft 6″ long.

If you wanted to lower the slats, a standard UK king sizes mattress would fit, but there would be a small gap of 3” between the mattress and inside of the side rail either side of the mattress. However, this small gap could be filled with bedding and space to took duvet covers in.

Our custom mattresses start from £450. The actual dimensions of the custom mattress will depend on whether the slats are lowered or not.

Because these beds are individually unique and do not always conform to modern mattress dimensions, we also supply a range of customised luxury quality mattresses for these beds starting from £450. Our mattresses are constructed of natural materials (silk, wool & cashmere) and are hand made in the UK. The mattresses can have the corners removed so to maximise the mattress fit in the super-structure of bed. The price quoted does not include the mattress. Please enquire for a mattress quote.

Draping Service
We offer a separate draping service whereby we can dress the bed with any fabric of choice. This service can consist of the basic fabric being wrapped around the canopy, to hanging curtains or, providing a dressed solid roof with hung curtains. Apart from the superior style and presence, this four-poster bed had a practical purpose. The bed would have originally been decorated with a light muslin cotton material to prevent the mosquitos from biting the occupants in bed. The advertised price does not include drapes. Please contact us for a quote.

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.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

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.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

Important information regarding PayPal payment:
We only accept payment from fully verified PayPal account holders with confirmed addresses only. Items will only be sent to the confirmed address registered in PayPal. If you purchase an item and your address is not confirmed, your payment will be refunded and the purchase cancelled. It only takes a few moments to verify and confirm your PayPal details.

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.

Ref. A279 / 59203

Object History

The style of these 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 is a superb quality antique 5ft 10” wide Victorian Anglo-Indian Raj solid teak four-poster Bombay bed, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. Some nominal old use marks to the leading edges and polish but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The headboard and footboard bed joints have been cleaned and glued to ensure the bed frame is solid in joint. The bed has been cleaned and French polished by hand in our workshop to a professional standard, therefore the colour and patination of the timber is of an excellent standard. The carvings are all intact, with no missing pieces or damage beyond the usual signs of age and use. The bed assembles together and all bolts and screws are in good condition. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

We are open weekly as follows:

8:00 - 17:00
8:00 - 17:00
8:00 - 17:00
8:00 - 17:00
8:00 - 17:00

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1829 458 070
+44 (0)7960 738 212

Dealer Location

Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
United Kingdom

View Map