National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Shaker Cot Shaker Cot
Rendered by Alfred H. Smith (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paperboard
overall: 27.9 x 22.9 cm (11 x 9 in.) Original IAD Object: 60" high; 35" wide; 73" long
Index of American Design
1943.8.13537
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From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 14 of 17

Little more than cots, Shaker beds were derived from traditional eighteenth-century styles. They had simple, low headboards and measured less than thirty-six inches across. The holes bored around the frame were used to secure ropes that served as springs. The legs of this bed are set on rollers so that it could be easily moved in order to clean the floors. Though this one retains its natural wood finish, Shaker beds were often painted green.

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