Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Tilliard
French, Paris, about 1750 - 1760
Two-toned gilded beechwood; modern silk upholstery
5 ft. 8 1/2 in. x 8 ft. 8 1/4 in. x 6 ft. 2 in.
Jean-Baptiste Tilliard made this unusually large bed for a bedroom in a grand private residence. The bed would have been placed sideways against a wall, with a draped baldachin, not shown. The large wheels allowed servants to pull out the body of the bed easily, leaving the tall back attached to the wall while they made it up. It was probably set into an alcove or niche in the bedroom wall.
In eighteenth-century France, a bed of this shape was called a lit à la turque (Turkish bed) because of its two scrolling ends. This title does not refer to any specific Turkish design source but reflects the eighteenth-century preoccupation with anything exotic and unusual from foreign countries.
Photo taken at the J. Paul Getty Museumwww.getty.edu