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Beds - General

The earliest beds were made of piled straw or other natural materials such as animal skins or palm leaves. Perhaps the first written account of a bed appears in “The Odyssey,” in which Odysseus sleeps on a charpoy, a raised bed of woven rope with a wooden frame. Imagery of beds in art can be dated back to Ancient Greece, where folding beds appear on the famous vase paintings. Ancient Egyptian nobles ascended to their wood and gilt beds via steps.

The 17th century has been referred to as "the century of magnificent beds" because of the extravagant styles used by European royalty. The style “a la duchesse” included a four-poster bed with ornate curtains at the head. As many as 413 beds were inventoried in the palaces of Louis XIV, each one sumptuous, some embroidered with pearls. The "bed of justice" custom was born during this time, credited to Louis XI. The custom was that the King of France would recline on this sumptuous bed while present in parliament with the princes seated, great officials standing, and lesser officials kneeling.

Over the course of centuries, there have been several notable beds that have deviated from norms of the time. Made circa 1580, the Great Bed of Ware is one of the largest beds in the world at 10.7 feet wide and 11.1 feet long. It can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Around 1865, a convertible bed in the form of an upright piano was made available, providing home entertainment while also saving space. Today, bed sizes vary in material and size, from the smallest cot mattresses to the largest King mattresses with variations such as water beds and murphy beds.

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Craftique Furniture King Size Mahogany Rice Carved Bed
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Craftique Furniture King Size Mahogany Rice Carved Bed
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$5757 Bids
Vintage Wooden Daybed , No Pull Out Mattress
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Vintage Wooden Daybed , No Pull Out Mattress
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Est: $0- $0
$145 Bids
Pleasant Hill Shaker cherry bed
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Pleasant Hill Shaker cherry bed
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Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Inlaid Marquetry top Mahogany Full Bed
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Inlaid Marquetry top Mahogany Full Bed
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$602 Bids
Furniture: single brass bed with box spring & mattress NO SHIPPING
Mar 17, 7:00 PM EDT
Furniture: single brass bed with box spring & mattress NO SHIPPING
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Brass Bed Headboard Is 63 Inches High By 55 Inches Wide
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Brass Bed Headboard Is 63 Inches High By 55 Inches Wide
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Modern, Daybed
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Modern, Daybed
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
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Vintage Blonde Wood Headboard / Night Stand Combo
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Blonde Wood Headboard / Night Stand Combo
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
Traditional Beige Full Sized Bed Frame
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Traditional Beige Full Sized Bed Frame
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Modern Minimalist Chrome Bed Frame
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Modern Minimalist Chrome Bed Frame
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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ANONYME Lit - circa 1966
Mar 13, 2:00 PM CET
ANONYME Lit - circa 1966
by Artcurial
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
Primitive baby field cradle
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Primitive baby field cradle
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
A pair of wicker single bed ends,
Mar 20, 10:00 AM GMT
A pair of wicker single bed ends,
by Sworders
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
Queen size bed with 4 cushions and 2 pillows
Mar 10, 11:00 AM AEDT
Queen size bed with 4 cushions and 2 pillows
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD400- AUD500
AUD1500 Bids
Queen size bed with linen and cushions
Mar 10, 11:00 AM AEDT
Queen size bed with linen and cushions
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD2,000- AUD3,000
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Vintage Reservation Child's Cradle
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Reservation Child's Cradle
by Embassy Auctions International
Est: $75- $150
$600 Bids
Sweet Home Collection Twin Mattress Topper
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Sweet Home Collection Twin Mattress Topper
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
MODERNIST HABERDASHERS AND SIDBED
Mar 08, 3:00 PM WET
MODERNIST HABERDASHERS AND SIDBED
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €80- €160
€800 Bids
PAIR OF MODERNIST BEDBOARDS
Mar 08, 3:00 PM WET
PAIR OF MODERNIST BEDBOARDS
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €40- €80
€400 Bids
Ipe Cavalli "Charlotte" Bedstead 39-1/2"h x 6'10"w x 7'l
Mar 13, 10:00 AM EDT
Ipe Cavalli "Charlotte" Bedstead 39-1/2"h x 6'10"w x 7'l
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Empire Style Mahogany Sleigh Daybed 36-1/2"h x 32-1/4"w x 5'l
Mar 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Empire Style Mahogany Sleigh Daybed 36-1/2"h x 32-1/4"w x 5'l
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Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
AN ART NOUVEAU MAHOGANY AND 'PLUM PUDDING' MAHOGANY BED FRAME, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
AN ART NOUVEAU MAHOGANY AND 'PLUM PUDDING' MAHOGANY BED FRAME, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
Modern Wrought Iron Bed Frame
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Modern Wrought Iron Bed Frame
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids

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