The carvings closest to the opening are very detailed Foo dogs, while the outside carvings are rabbits. Between the corbels is a carved panel with pierced carvings below. Between the end panels is a beautiful hand carved header that feature a pair of Phoenix birds, or fenghuang.The fenghuang is often used to decorate antique Chinese wedding beds as they symbolize blissful relations between husband and wife. Above the Phoenix birds are 3 carved panels that match the ones on top of the end panels.
The top of this antique Chinese wedding bed has a very ornate cornice that runs the entire length of the front. The cornice is comprised of 3 rows, each one stepped out from the section below it.
The cornice rests on the 4 carved corbels at the top of the side sections. Each row in the cornice is divided into 5 sections that have both relief carvings and pierced carvings. The reflective mica chips are also used around the carved panels.The middle row has a small hand carved bird between each panel. The wings of the birds are fastened with small springs that allow the wings to move. Platform Details: The raised platform of this Chinese antique wedding bed is divided into 2 sections that are held together by part of the side frame. At some point a single layer was put on the platform with a woven material applied. This layer has been cut to keep the platform in it's intended 2 sections.
This make moving the platform and assembling the bed much easier. The cut is slightly rough but the platform is usually covered with a mattress. Back Details: The back wall of the bed is made up of 5 panels. Each panel has a small solid flat section at the top that is above a larger open window. Inside the window is some carved decorative framework.
Below the windows is a small section with relief carvings and the mica chips. The large lower section is a flat panel with hand drawn ink designs. The panels each have a sliding wood panel that can be raised to block off the windows. They are held up with a small pivoting wood piece. Side Details: The sides of the bed are each made up of 3 panels that are the same as the ones in the back except they do not have the carvings around the window openings.Ceiling Details: The ceiling of the alcove has wood framework that can be covered with wood panels. The panels are included although you may chooses to leave them off for better air circulation. General: This bed as shown in the photos has been assembled almost entirely without fasteners, but some screws do make assembly easier and a little sturdier. The stepped out cornice has 2 wires that run from the back of the top to the ceiling framework. This is done to take some of the stress off the cornice as it can be top heavy. This antique Chinese wedding bed is functional as well as decorative.
It can be used as a sleeping bed or in a more formal room for seating. This bed is delivered disassembled, but two people should be able to put it together in about less than 2 hours.We will send photos of the basic steps and the pieces are marked as far as location (blue tape shown on some pieces). As can be seen in the photos, there are some age cracks in the wood and several small missing or repaired pieces in the carvings and also on the platform. While not perfect, it would be extremely difficult to find another bed this beautiful and of this quality. There is currently a sale online for only the front sections of a similar bed at far more than we are asking for the entire bed.
NOTE: Most of our pieces are unique, one of a kind pieces, and are subject to prior sale on other channels. We try to be as clear as possible in the photos attached and we do try to include areas of excessive wear that we feel you should be aware of. We usually have more pictures of most of our pieces.
Antique Chinese Opium Wedding Bed, Intricately Carved and detailed. Material: Mixed Wood Approx Age: 1850, Qing Dynasty. Dimensions: 84" Wide, 55" Deep Outside Dimensions at base. Platform Height: 16", 79" wide x 51 deep Inside dimensions at floor (Uses a Full Size Mattress).
76" Tall to top of frame, 88" tall to top of cornice. Stepped out cornice projects out approx. The item "Antique Chinese Canopy Wedding Opium Bed Intricately Carved, Full Size" is in sale since Sunday, February 24, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Other Chinese Antiques". The seller is "asian_country_antique_furniture" and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This item can be shipped to United States.