The crimson damask bed in the State Bedchamber dates to around and is likely to be one originally made for King George II. After the King’s death, the 4th Duke of Devonshire claimed the bed as a perk of his role as Lord Chamberlain. The bed moved from Kensington Palace to the Duke’s London residence, Devonshire House in 1761.
The bed has a canopy and curtains to give the person sleeping in it privacy and warmth. It is likely the bed once had finials, one each on the canopy corners, the sole survivor of which is mounted on the headboard.
Conserved in 2007, the bed was raised to its previous height, past repairs now considered inappropriate were undone, and the bed fabric stabilised to help protect from future damage.
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Other furniture in the Collection
King George III & Queen Charlotte Coronation thrones
Catherine Naish (d. 1772), circa. 1761
Tom Price (born 1973); Resin bench: polyester resin, polyurethane resin, tar, acrylic, LEDs; Coal bench: coal, PVA, jesmonite, MDF, steel; 2014-15
Enignum II chairs
Joseph Walsh (born 1979), olive, ash and suede, 2014
George II giltwood armchairs
William Kent (1685-1748), c.1730
David Roentgen, 1780-85
Joris Laarman bench
Joris Laarman, 2020