Mahogany four poster bed attributed to Benjamin Frothingham, 1796
In 1796 Henry Knox paid Benjamin Frothingham for “1 large mahogany Bedsted, foot + side boards.” The invoice also included a “Cornish + painting.” Although not in the style of most of his extant labeled furniture, this bed, with slots for sideboards, ribbon-carved head and footboards and painted cornice, is almost certainly the bed Frothingham made for Knox. It has fluted posts with Marlborough legs and quarter round bead on the side rails. The bed was sold to Captain Barnabas Webb at the auction of Montpelier furnishings in 1854 and passed down among Thomaston families.
Donated to Montpelier by Mary Jane Watts.
Accession number: A-2-0