This bed has reeded, antique-fluted and plinth-supported mahogany pillars (now japanned) that were designed by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) to harmonise with the George III 'Roman' fashion introduced at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire by the court architect Robert Adam (d. 1792). His related engraved pattern of 1759 featured in Chippendales third edition of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762 (pl. 90).
Chippendale supplied another bed japanned in green and gold for Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Bt. (d. 1785) for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire in 1771 and invoiced on 6 May 1771 as 'To A Dome Bedstead with Rich Carv'd Cornices, feet Posts and Sundry other ornaments, Japan'd Green & Gold with shap'd Rail &c on Castors £54.10' (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, I, p. 191 & II, p. 28). Another bed was supplied by Chippendale that year for £3.6 (loc. cit.) and a pair of 'fluted bedposts 8ft' was listed in 'A List of Furniture for different Apartments', delivered before August 1767 (ibid., p. 181).