Canopy Bed

Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
Johann S. Müller, Engraver (German, 1705-1792)

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This grand canopy bed is elaborately carved with rococo detail and hung with sumptuous drapery. At the far right, the print includes a vertical cross section of the bed frame. This is combined, rather confusingly, with one quarter of a design for the horizontal underside of the canopy: The oval radial pattern and surrounding diagonal trellis moldings were to be reproduced symmetrically to form the whole. In the middle is a simple schematic diagram of the hidden pulleys and cords that draw the bed curtains. This image appeared in all three editions of The Director. — ("Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design," May 23, 2009—February 21, 2010, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conant Galleries)

Object Information

artist
Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
engraver
Johann S. Müller (German, 1705-1792)
creation date
1753
materials
engraving
dimensions
8 7/8 X 13 3/4 in. (image)
10 7/8 X 18 in. (sheet)
series
The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director
accession number
73.2.110
credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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