So what would make a heavy iron bed more appealing to an iron bed companies female clientele?
How about pictures of beautiful floral’s. Unfortunately over the past 150 to 200 year’s, few of the “art panel” beds, as they were referred to, survived the multiple repainting that most beds went through in that period of time.
What better way to soften the strong hard lines of an iron bed, than with flowers. There was also a wide variety of colors and types of flowers that seemed to have been offered. I’ve even seen iron beds with panels that displayed pastoral scenes with grazing cows. I also saw a country road scene, on an iron bed that was very Austere in design, with a couple dressed in old Victorian clothing. There seems to have been no lack of imagination when coming up with appealing art work for the manufacturer to market his “art panel” iron beds.
Who’d have ever thought iron beds were a way to display “art work”.
Here are but a few of the “art panel” iron beds I’ve had in the past. The most popular I’ve ever had was an iron bed we sold to a production company for the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith.