Bed, William Burges

Bed, William Burges

Bed
William Burges (1827-1881)
England
1879
Painted wood, inset mirrors
Museum no. 217-1961

Carved and painted bed with inset mirrors and a depiction of a medieval version of The Judgement of  Paris, with side-boards inset with illuminated vellum and  textiles under glass. The inscription on the front of the bed  reads VITA NOVA and bed posts - and on the right and left - WILLIAM  BURGES ME FIUERI FECIT and ANNO DOMINI  MDCCCLXXIX.

This bed was made for the guest chamber of Tower House, Melbury Road, London, the home of William Burges. Through the hares, hearts and arrows carved and painted on the foot of the bed, Burges surrounded his guests with the symols of love and dreams.

A companion piece to the wash stand designed by Burges (Museum no. W.4-1953)