Antique 6ft” Victorian Anglo Indian Colonial Raj Super King Four Poster Bed (Circa 1860)


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Object Description

Here is a stunning quality and exceptionally rare antique 6ft wide Victorian colonial Raj super king four-poster bed, circa 1860, in excellent original condition.

• Circa: 1860
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Sissoo (member of the Rosewood family)
• Mattress size: 6ft wide by 6ft 6” long
• Will fit a standard UK super king size mattress
• Luxury quality mattresses available
• Single tier structure
• Protruding moulded canopy
• Four elegant ring turned posts
• Floral fretwork crown
• Moulded side rails & frame
• Ring turned & beaded headboard spindles
• Stunning quality carvings
• Ring turned footboard rail with central baluster
• Turned baluster legs with blind fretwork carvings
• 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 days UK returns policy

Here is a stunning quality and exceptionally rare antique 6ft wide Victorian colonial Raj super king four-poster bed, circa 1860, in excellent original condition, originating from colonial India. This bed will fit a standard UK super king size mattress size (6ft wide by 6ft 6” long) with the slats at the original height (please see section “Lowering the Slats” below for further information). The bed incorporates a single-tier structure, with a bank of ring turned and beaded spindles below a pierced carved floral fretwork dome and arched headboard. The carved fretwork detail to the bed is spectacular; this is evident in the floral design on the crown; along with blind fretwork detail at the base of the posts, the baluster legs and footboard. The bed incorporates moulded side rails and rails to the head and footboard. To the bottom of the bed, the single-tier footboard incorporates a horizontal turned and tapered rail, decorated with an elegant oval carved central piece. Above the bed frame, four elegant ring turned tapered posts support a protruding moulded canopy. Decorative blind fretwork carvings sit at the top and bottom of the posts. The bed is raised on ring turned and reeded baluster legs, which are also decorated with stunning blind fretwork detail. The superstructure lends itself to being dressed with romantic fabric drapes.

Retaining the original polish and patination, the bed boasts a rich dark red brown colour, with a mid 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 luxury quality custom mattresses. This is a superior quality centrepiece for any bedroom and ideal for those who prefer a wider bed.

External Dimensions:
External Height = 212cm or 83½” or 6ft 11½”
External length = 229cm or 90⅛” or 7ft 6⅛”
External width = 198cm or 78” or 6ft 6”
Headboard height (including Crown) = 155cm or 61” or 5ft 1”
Headboard height (excluding Crown) = 115.5cm or 45½” or 3ft 9½”
Footboard height (centre) = 93cm or 36⅝” or 3ft 0⅝”
Height from floor to top of side rails = 52cm or 20½” or 1ft 8½”
Height from floor to bottom of side rails = 39cm or 15⅜” or 1ft 3⅜”
Side rail depth = 13cm or 5⅛”

Mattress Dimensions (slats not lowered):
Length = 203.5cm or 80⅛” or 6ft 8⅛” (maximum opening)
Width (slats) = 181cm or 71¼” or 5ft 11¼” (maximum opening)
Width (including side rails) = 189.5cm or 74⅝” or 6ft 2⅝” (maximum opening)

Mattress Dimensions (slats lowered):
Length = 203.5cm or 80⅛” or 6ft 8⅛” (maximum opening)
Width = 177.5cm or 69⅞” or 5ft 9⅞” (maximum opening)

Lowering the Slats:
If you require the slats lowering into the bed frame, we charge £90 for the structural work.
The slats are lowered by around 3” in height. By lowering the slats, the mattress width will be reduced to 5ft 9” wide. 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 mattress shown on the bed in the photos is a standard size super king UK mattress. If the slats are to be lowered, it is advised that a custom size mattress is supplied, as this will fit the bed frame more closely and maximise the mattress space.

It is advised that 1-2” should be removed from the mattress width dimension if the slats are to be lowered. Between 2”- 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.

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.

Customer Service:
We offer customer satisfaction through the following services:
• Free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14 Day Returns
• Full money back assurance
• Worldwide shipping
• Full insurance of items in transit
• Full assembly service
• Packaging removed & recycled

Further Information:
For more information or photographs please email or call us.

Office: 01829 458 070
Julian: 07960 738 212
Yolanda: 07971 882 567

Customers outside the UK should call:

Office: 00 44 1829 458 070
Julian: 00 44 7960 738 212
Yolanda: 00 44 7971 882 567

Email: [email protected]

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 be 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 or credit card 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 Yolanda 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.

Yolanda Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yolanda Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yolanda 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 Yolanda 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).

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 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. This bed, which retains the original polish and patination, boasts a rich dark brown colour, with a light satin French polish finish. It is extremely difficult to replicate this colour and patination with furniture that has been re-polished. The bed is constructed of solid sissoo wood and boasts a superior wide structure. The bed is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

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Organsdale Farm
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