Lot 790

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Greek Revival mahogany recamier, M. Craig scrolling frame with bundled reed molding and brass trim, with upholstered headboard and footboard.
H52" W65 3/4" L96 3/4"

Provenance: South Carolina collection.

Other Notes: Mr. Craig was a well-known 20th century American cabinetmaker whose main office was once located on Gervais Street in Columbia, South Carolina.

The classical lines of the Recamier Bed originate with the ancient Greeks. Grecian design has been revived countless times, and the 18th century was one such time. As revolutions in America and France swept away the old monarchies and the conspicuous frivolity which accompanied them, people sought the enlightened yet elegant orderliness of the classics. One such person was Madame de Recamier, for whom this piece is named. An intellectual and a woman of great power and beauty, Juliett Recamier's salon was visted by those at the pinnacle of Parisian society. A portrait of her reclining on her Grecian chase is considered a defining view of the era.

  • overall good condition with minor imperfections expected with age.

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December 5, 2009 10:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, US

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