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This fantastic provenanced day bed came from a retired major LA decorator via Gep Durenberger who lived and operated one ...
moreThis fantastic provenanced day bed came from a retired major LA decorator via Gep Durenberger who lived and operated one of Southern California's most acclaimed antique store "Durenburger which was in San Juan Capistrano (Michael Smith worked for Gep in the 90s )
Gep was privileged to decorate some of the over the 50 homes of the Honeymans which owned "Bethlehem Steel." Americas 2nd largest steel company .The company was responsible for building The Golden Gate bridge,Chrysler building ,Rockefeller Center the George Washington Bridge ,Waldorf Astoria , The Hoover Dam, The SF municipal railway THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.
Nevertheless money was no object for the legendary American family. nor were connections and acquisitions of the finest antiques/art worldwide. One could only assume who was decorating those homes and what clout and flare they must have have. I would gladly donate to a cause to know what those homes looked like . There was a warehouse in San Juan Capistrano that the Honeymans had filled with art/antiques.
There is a major collection of early California and Western art that was donated by the Honeymans.
Upon doing some research Robert Honeyman was a 'avid: collector of antiques /art and has a "noted' collection of antiques now in a museum . However what was most intriguing was that there is a article online about how the English wanted to copy the US steel factories and set forth to do so via Bethleham steel , it may be by chance that this was part of a gift we will never know or it may be that that they bought it in England via Mallets or Sphinx
Note the "Royal Plumes' insignia of "Prince of Whales" Note the warping of the wood suggesting it is early to mid 19c. and thus being English Regency.
However note that there is a possibility that it may be made by the French company "Jansen as the Duke and Dutches of Windsor had several pieces in there collection. More likely Regency due to the weight which is often associated with "period furniture' thus Jansen works are circa 1940 mostly.
Also note where the linen meets the frame the wood suggests Regency period it could even bee Georgian
Nevertheless, we do know the provenance and by repute have been told that the Honeymans told our friend this . Sadly the Honeymans are deceased so all we have is this, it may be worth doing further research about the English and steel inquiry.
The bed has been recovered to English red leather and cloth ac cordially.
I have owned it since I was 27 and I and 51 note the last photo here I used it in my 'ad campaign age 28 circa 1995, we had Karen Linder do the floors and placed a Italian gold silk bedspread on it also had custom rails made of which I lost.
Also note it is quite possible that these were used as 'single headboards" which was more popular in those days.
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- 41ʺW × 6ʺD × 48ʺH
- Early 19th Century
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Good Condition, Unknown, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- few scuffs loss of gilding/jesso few scuffs loss of gilding/jesso less
- Place of Origin
- Bed Size
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