Unusual Chinese art image 81 Probably the ultimate bed!

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This once-Imperial Chinese moon bed must surely represent the ultimate in style, chic and desirability. It dates from 1876 and is now to be found in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachussets (which we have been writing about over the last couple of weeks). It has featured recently in several blogs on Tumblr. One blogger, ladonnapietra, mused if it might be possible to ‘become an art burglar and steal this Chinese moon bed’.

We also happen to think it is the most delightful piece of Chinese furniture we have ever seen!

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