A Tudor Marriage Bed
  • Wednesday 12 July 2023, 6:00pm
  • Baronial Hall
  • £10 +£1 booking fee
Image A Tudor Marriage Bed

Book launch and signing of ‘The Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Marriage Bed: A Masterpiece of Tudor Craftsmanship’.

In celebration of the book release, Chetham’s Library will be hosting a wine reception, followed by talks by Ian Coulson on his rediscovery of the bed and its conservation, and Dr Peter Lindfield FSA (editor of and contributor to the book) on the bed’s iconography and historical significance.

Signed copies of the book available for an additional £28 (RRP £35)

The Henry VII and Elizabeth of York marriage bed, rediscovered in 2010, is an exceptional piece of late medieval English royal furniture: no other equivalent example of secular domestic furniture is known to have survived, and, indeed, precious little woodwork from this period remains outside of ecclesiastical settings. As a tour-de-force of medieval royal woodwork, the bed offers an unprecedented insight into elite domestic furniture from this period.

Since its rediscovery, the bed has been subjected to a wide array of investigation by furniture specialists, medieval historians, design historians and scientists. Emerging from a decade-long multidisciplinary research project, this book is the first sustained account of the bed: it shows how numerous disciplines covering the arts and conservation sciences can be brought together to assess and interpret such rare historic survivals.

The book explores the bed’s form and structure, context, iconography, wood, paint, physical history, provenance, including its curious reproduction by George Shaw in Victorian England, and fragments of the bed survive at Chetham’s Library.

 

We recommend all visitors read our Visitor Information before attending.

A Tudor Marriage Bed
  • Baronial Hall
  • £10 +£1 booking fee

Book launch and signing of ‘The Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Marriage Bed: A Masterpiece of Tudor Craftsmanship’.

In celebration of the book release, Chetham’s Library will be hosting a wine reception, followed by talks by Ian Coulson on his rediscovery of the bed and its conservation, and Dr Peter Lindfield FSA (editor of and contributor to the book) on the bed’s iconography and historical significance.

Signed copies of the book available for an additional £28 (RRP £35)

The Henry VII and Elizabeth of York marriage bed, rediscovered in 2010, is an exceptional piece of late medieval English royal furniture: no other equivalent example of secular domestic furniture is known to have survived, and, indeed, precious little woodwork from this period remains outside of ecclesiastical settings. As a tour-de-force of medieval royal woodwork, the bed offers an unprecedented insight into elite domestic furniture from this period.

Since its rediscovery, the bed has been subjected to a wide array of investigation by furniture specialists, medieval historians, design historians and scientists. Emerging from a decade-long multidisciplinary research project, this book is the first sustained account of the bed: it shows how numerous disciplines covering the arts and conservation sciences can be brought together to assess and interpret such rare historic survivals.

The book explores the bed’s form and structure, context, iconography, wood, paint, physical history, provenance, including its curious reproduction by George Shaw in Victorian England, and fragments of the bed survive at Chetham’s Library.

 

We recommend all visitors read our Visitor Information before attending.

You may also like

  1. image Chetham’s Lunchtime Concerts
    Baronial Hall

    Chetham’s Lunchtime Concerts

    Tue 27 February 2024, 1:30pm

    Take a lunch break and enjoy free weekday afternoon recitals by some of the UK’s most exciting young musicians. Please...

  2. image Manchester Song Festival: Chetham’s Lunchtime Concert
    The Stoller Hall

    Manchester Song Festival: Chetham’s Lunchtime Concert

    Fri 1 March 2024, 1:30pm

    Watch vocal students from Chetham’s School of Music performing in a special free lunchtime concert, in the lead-up to Manchester...

  3. image Terra Musica
    Carole Nash Hall

    Terra Musica

    Sun 3 March 2024, 2pm

    2pm show now sold out – Tickets still remaining for 3.30pm. Come explorers! Get ready to travel across the world...

  4. image Relaxed Performance – Chetham’s Lunchtime Concerts
    Carole Nash Hall

    Relaxed Performance – Chetham’s Lunchtime Concerts

    Wed 6 March 2024, 1:30pm

    Discover the UK’s next big talent with concerts featuring remarkable Chetham’s School of Music performers, aged 8-18, from the UK’s...