American Rococo Rosewood Half-Tester Bed by C. Lee
third quarter 19th century, crafted for the New Orleans and Southern market by the Manchester, Massachusetts workshop of Charles Lee, and with the maker's incised stamp "C LEE", the beaded serpentine tester raised on tapering turned posts supporting a paneled headboard with a shell-, fruit- and cabochon-carved crest.
h. 111", inside w. 64", l. 77", outside w. 67", l. 84"
Provenance: The present bed belonged to prominent New Orleanians Walter and Anita Howard Parker, while they were in their Louisiana colonial home at 924 East Moss Street, Bayou St. John, also referred to today as the "Blanc-Labatut-Parker-Erlanger House". By family tradition, the present and following bed remained in the house until the early 1970s and has descended through the family to the present. In recognition of Walter Parker's work as president of the Bayou St. John Improvement Association from 1927-1950, the Dumaine Street Bridge in the neighborhood was named "The Walter Parker Memorial Bridge".
**Scattered veneer losses to the rails and footboard. Dings throughout from age and use. The headboard posts have been cut down and the headboard has been lowered. Some blistering and veneer losses to the canopy. The brackets supporting the canopy are not original. The tester fabric is torn and soiled.