Sale of Antique Chinese Wedding Bed To Benefit The Studios of Key West and HS2

Sale of Antique Chinese Wedding Bed To Benefit The Studios of Key West and HS2

Thanks to the generosity of a local couple, The Studios of Key West and Home School High School (HS2) will have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

TSKW Patrons Rita Linder and Perry Arnold have donated an antique Chinese wedding bed from their own collection to be sold this winter, and proceeds from the sale of the bed will be split between HS2 and TSKW.

“When Rita and Perry shared this idea with us were thrilled,” says Debra Tripp, HS2 administrator, “This is a creative and wonderful way to make a meaningful donation which will benefit our organizations.”

The bed, which was assembled last week by a team of half a dozen volunteers, will be on view in the Main Hall of the historic Armory through December 2.

Carved from wood in the late 19th century, the bed would traditionally be placed in the bedroom of the bride by the groom the day before they were to be married, as a symbol of prosperity and fertility. The bed is adorned with beautiful carvings on nearly every viewable surface.

“This is a unique opportunity for a buyer not only to acquire a beautiful antique, but to help two community-based organizations as well,” says Jay Scott, TSKW director, “TSKW is honored to be included in this special fundraising effort.”

The public is invited to stop by and view the bed during TSKW’s normal operating hours.  Details about the bed and sale are also available by calling 305-509-0090.

Photo credits: Rick Fatica

Additional information:  The Chinese wedding bed is 81″ wide, 92″ deep, and 80″ tall at its highest.  The sellers will deliver and reassemble the bed anywhere in the Florida Keys.  Those outside of the Keys who are interested in purchasing the bed should contact The Studios of Key West to discuss shipping options.

A team of volunteers assembles the wedding bed at The Studios of Key West

The Studios of Key West