Antique 5ft Victorian Anglo-Indian King-Size Bombay Four Poster Bed (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

This is a superb quality antique 5ft wide Victorian Anglo-Indian king size colonial Bombay four-poster bed, circa 1880, in excellent original condition.

• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: Bombay region, India
• Style: Bombay Four Poster Bed
• Wood: Sissoo
• Maximum mattress size: 5ft 2¾” wide by 6ft 6” long
• Four centre posts
• Carved centre post panels
• Rich dark brown colour
• Drop down canopy
• Single tier structure
• Moulded & foliate carved side rails
• Pierced fretwork urn panels to head & footboard
• Central carved urn
• Ring turned spindles
• Ring turned, gadroon & foliate carved posts
• Baluster shaped feet
• Dismantles for easy transportation
• Quality custom mattresses available
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

This is a superb quality and stunning looking colonial Bombay bed of mid colour which is constructed of sissoo, circa 1880 originating from the Bombay region of India, in excellent original condition. The bed will fit a standard UK king size mattress (5ft wide x 6ft 6” long). The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes. The four central posts hold the drop-down canopy in place, which in turn, are held in place by screws into the head and footboard. In between the turned posts on both the head and footboard is a carved floral panel, flanked by ring turned spindles, set within horizontal rails above and below. The head and footboard are mirrored in design, featuring a carved central urn, with pierced fretwork urns either side, each flanked by turned. The bed sits on a set of four ring turned baluster posts, which boast foliate carvings and gadrooning. This bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation and access up tight stairs, or small doorways. We can provide good quality custom mattresses.

This bed retains the original polish, which is why the bed boasts a dark rich brown colour and patination; it is impossible to re-create this colour if it has been re-polished. The bed is constructed of sissoo and it has a superior structure. This bed would look stunning in either a contemporary or traditional setting. It dismantles for easy transportation.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 186.5cm or 73⅜” or 6ft 1⅜”
External length = 217.6cm or 85⅝” or 7ft 1⅝”
External width = 172.3cm or 67⅞” or 5ft 7⅞”
Headboard height (including canopy supports) = 184.2cm or 72½” or 6ft ½”
Headboard height (excluding canopy supports, measured from floor to finials) = 107.9cm or 42½” or 3ft 6½”
Footboard height (including canopy supports) = 183.7cm or 72⅜” or 6ft ⅜”
Footboard height (excluding canopy supports, measured from floor to finials) = 107.4cm or 42¼” or 3ft 6¼”
Height from floor to top of side rails = 49.8cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Side rail depth = 10.2cm or 4”

Mattress Dimensions (slats not lowered):
Length = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6” max
Width (slats) = 154.5cm or 60⅞” or 5ft 0⅞” max
Width (including side rails) = 159.5cm or 62¾” or 5ft 2¾” max

Mattress Dimensions (slats lowered):
Length = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6” max
Width = 152.5cm or 60” or 5ft max

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.

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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.

UK Buyer Payment:
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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 History

The style of these beds’ 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).

Object Condition

This Anglo-India Raj king size four poster Bombay bed is in excellent original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and bed frame but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The bed structure has been tightened and the frame has been French polished by hand in our workshop to a professional standard, to revive the wonderful original colour and patination. The bed is solid in joint and is ready to use.

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