27 June 2007
A ROYAL MID-VICTORIAN BRASS CANOPY BED FOR VITTORIO EMANUELE II, KING OF ITALY, (1820-1878)
By R. W. Winfield, Birmingham, circa 1870
With a gilt and rich magenta silk damask canopy decorated with silver wire tassels, supported by spirally-turned uprights flanking the arched headboard with foliate-scroll cresting, the footboard with interlacing centred by a roundel on conforming legs and castors, the headboard with painted inventory mark 'P.P.S 1964' and a section of silk damask painted 'P.P.S. 1965', the headboard and footboard with applied maker's label R. W. Winfield. Patent.
113 in. (287 cm.) high; 47½ in. (120 cm.) wide; 83½ in. (211 cm.) deep
Castello Reale di Sarre, Valle D'Aosta.
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R. W. Winfield, founded in 1829, at Cambridge Street, Birmingham, specialised in decorative brass objects, particularly brass bedsteads.
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