Antique 5ft 7” Victorian Anglo-Indian Colonial Raj King Size Four Poster Bed (Circa 1860)

GBP 10,950.00

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Object Description

Here is a stunning quality antique 5ft 7” wide Victorian colonial Anglo-Indian Raj four-poster bed, circa 1860, which will fit a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long), in excellent original condition.

• Circa: 1860
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo
• Maximum mattress opening: 5ft 7⅜” wide by 6ft 10” long
• Will fit a standard UK king size mattress (5ft” wide x 6ft 6” long)
• Luxury quality custom mattresses available
• Single tier structure
• Protruding dentil, ribbed & floral moulded canopy
• Floral blind fretwork carvings to frame
• Four elegant floral & vine carved posts
• Floral carved crown with lion and unicorn carvings & gilt initials ‘R N D’
• Moulded foliate scroll carved headboard top rail
• Triple floral carved panel & spindle two-tier headboard
• Two-tier footboard with turned floral carved top rail & spindles
• Moulded floral carved side rails & frame
• Stunning quality carvings
• Cabriole legs with carved angel figureheads & scroll toes raised on pad feet
• Dismantles for easy transportation and access
• Original polish & patination
• Rich dark red & brown colour
• Excellent original condition
• Muslin draping service available
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

Here is a stunning quality antique 5ft 7” wide Victorian colonial Anglo-Indian Raj four-poster bed, circa 1860, which will fit a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long), in excellent original condition, boasting the original polish, originating from colonial India. The level of detail and craftmanship displayed in the materials, construction and carving of this bed is second to none, and by fare one of the best Anglo-Indian four poser beds we have ever come across.

This bed will fit a standard UK king size mattress size (5ft wide by 6ft 6” long) if the slats are lowered (please see section “Lowering the Slats” below for further information). If you prefer to use a larger mattress, we could supply a custom 5ft 7” wide x 6ft 6” long mattress.

The bed incorporates a two-tier structure, with a triple carved floral panel headboard, flanked by a bank of ring turned spindles below a moulded headboard top rail incorporating foliate scroll carving and central floral carving. The headboard boasts a spectacular crown, which incorporates floral open fretwork carving, along with gilt carved initials ‘R N D’, topped with a crown and flanked by rampant lion and unicorn. The bed incorporates moulded rails to the headboard and footboard, as well as moulded side rails and a footboard rail with blind fretwork floral carvings on a pitted background; the footboard also boasting a central floral carving. The two-tier footboard incorporates multiple ring-turned spindles below a horizontal floral carved turned rail. Above the bed frame, four floral carved on pitted background and vine carved tapered posts support a protruding dentil moulded canopy, which is also adorned with ribbed moulding and further blind fretwork floral carvings on a pitted background. The bed terminates on foliate carved cabriole legs, which display angel figureheads, ‘C’ scrolls brackets, scroll toes and resting on pad feet. This bed displays beautiful carvings throughout – even the bolt caps to the frame are carved into flower heads. The superstructure also lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.

Retaining the original polish and patination, this Anglo-Indian bed boasts a rich red-brown colour, with a satin French polish finish. The bed is constructed of sissoo wood 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 good quality custom mattresses. This is a superior quality centrepiece for any bedroom and is ideal for those who prefer a wider bed.

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.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 218.8cm or 86⅛” or 7ft 2⅛”
External length = 232.7cm or 91⅝” or 7ft 7⅝”
External width = 184cm or 72⅜” or 6ft ⅜”
Headboard height (including Crown) = 159.7cm or 62⅞” or 5ft 2⅞”
Headboard height (excluding Crown) = 117cm or 46” or 3ft 10”
Footboard height = 88.9cm or 35” or 2ft 11”
Height from floor to top of side rails = 60.2cm or 23¾” or 1ft 11¾”
Side rail depth = 12.7cm or 5”

Maximum Mattress Opening (slats not lowered):
Length = 208.5cm or 82” or 6ft 10”
Width (slats) = 164.3cm or 64⅝” or 5ft 4⅝”
Width (including side rails) = 171cm or 67⅜” or 5ft 7⅜”

Maximum Mattress Opening (slats lowered):
Length = 208.5cm or 82” or 6ft 10”
Width = 161.7cm or 63⅝” or 5ft 3⅝”

The Price of this item has been reduced from £13,450 down to £10,950, which is a £2,500 reduction. This price also includes free delivery to mainland England Wales & southern Scotland and 14-day free returns.

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.

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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 Condition

This Anglo-Indian bed is in excellent original 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. 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 head and footboard joints have been glued; therefore, the bed frame is solid. This bed, which retains the original polish and patination, boasts a stunning colour. It has been French polished by hand in our workshop to a professional standard. It is extremely difficult to replicate this colour and patination with furniture that has been stripped and re-polished. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

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Organsdale Farm
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