Elizabethan Carved Oak Four-Poster Tester Bed

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Friday 07 May 2021

Commencing at 11:00am

Bedford Auction Centre

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Friday 30th April – 9am - 5pm
Saturday 1st May – 9am - 1pm
Thursday 6th May – 9am to 5pm,
Morning of sale from 9am
*subject to change and dependent upon Government guidance.

Our May Antiques Sale will include an Elizabethan carved oak four-poster tester bed, which is believed to have been made by Sir Edward Ayscough of South Kelsey for his daughter Joan on her marriage to Sir Francis Metcalfe of Louth Park. The term ‘tester’ relates to the panelled ceiling which is suspended by the four posts. The headboard is intricately carved with a stylised rose, lily and chrysanthemum or dahlia.

The bed has been in the current vendor’s family for over 100 years and was on display in Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire until 2019, as pictured.

Currently In situ at Lamport Hall

In 1920 Richard Holworthy (of Holworthy & Shilton Archivists and Genealogists) investigated the crest/arms on the headboard- he determined that they related to the Metcalfe and Ayscough families.

Marriages between these two families took place in 1542 and 1593, Holworthy thought the latter date to be more accurate for the date of the bed.

The piece is being sold with an estimate of £4,000 – 6,000.

Letter 1920 dating the bed approximately

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