The Wettstein bed

France(?), 2nd half 16th century, with alterations made about 1650
Solid walnut
height 157 cm, length 299 cm, width 162.5 cm
Inv. 1873.17.

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According to family tradition the splendid bed which entered the collection in 1873 came from the household of the mayor of Basle Johann Rudolf Wettstein (1594-1666). It is an example of a bed without posts, for which the canopy had to be attached to the ceiling or to the wall. Characteristic elements are the dominating motif of godroons on the frame and the front legs and that of feathers on the sides of the bedhead frame. Both motifs are typical of the repertoire of the French Renaissance during the reign of Henri II; the royal deathbed, as depicted in an engraving of 1570, makes a good comparison. Thus the frame of the Wettstein bed suggests that it was made before the time of its presumed owner. Only the top part of the bedhead, consisting of carved scrollwork with masks and a cartouche with a male bust, with which the bed was fashionably refitted for Basle's prominent citizen, can be securely dated to the C17.

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