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A Superb and Rare 18th Century Chinese Opium Bed

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Seller: 101poppy (568) 96.4%, Location: Croydon, Surrey, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 282250088134 A SUPERB AND RARE 18TH CENTURY CHINESE BLACK LACQUERED OPIUM BEDOriginating from Zhejiang Provence, circa 1880/1890.With pierced carvings, raised carving, finely painted Oriental scenes of warriors, emperors, concubines, fish, good fortune symbols, deer, birds and some gilt upon 4 carved Foo Dog Coasters/feetBed measures H 41" x W 52" x L 82" , strong and fully functional. It has elaborately ornate carvings in contrasting light and dark brown finishes.It features a sturdy top and is surrounded on three sides by railing and carved panels depicting traditional Chinese iconography. It also has Chinese writing and rattan base. (possibly Signature )Comes with bespoke coir ticking mattress.As seen and valued on the Antiques Roadshow (1999 Oldham) and at the time was valued at £20000.Chinese daybeds or Lohans got nicknamed as opium beds during China's opium addiction period in the 1800's. Public "opium dens" were popular places to buy and use opiates. While indulging, patrons would recline on these daybeds, thus they became known as opium beds. They are a practical and artistically appealing decorating solution. This opium bed is useful for seating as a couch and doubles as a day bed, guest bed or twin sized bed. This Day Bed is sure to be a focal point in any home. Boasting an original design, it would make an incredible addition to an array of different home interiors, from traditional to contemporary. If you require to see more pictures, please contact me. Condition: In Very Good condition, excellent colour and all carving intact. Some minor cosmetic cracking on back middle panel sides and panels to side of back middle panel, but this is fine and does not take away emphasis from panel scenes. (see photos)

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