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Bedstead

Date:
1830–60
Geography:
Made in New Lebanon, New York, United States
Culture:
American, Shaker
Medium:
Maple, pine
Dimensions:
71 x 30 x 31 in. (180.3 x 76.2 x 78.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.226
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 734
The Shakers favored trundle bedsteads with nonpivoting wooden wheels that allowed the bed to be pulled straight out from the wall for changing and cleaning. The 1845 Millennial Laws specified that "bedsteads should be painted green."
Inscription: painted in the center of the headboard: 7
Church family, New Lebanon, New York; Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, until 1981
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