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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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METAL FRAMED QUEEN BED SET, MATTRESS, BOX SPRING, FRAME, LINENS
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
METAL FRAMED QUEEN BED SET, MATTRESS, BOX SPRING, FRAME, LINENS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$316 Bids
Pier One Imports Cherry Carved Double Headboard, L: 64 in
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Pier One Imports Cherry Carved Double Headboard, L: 64 in
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$51 Bid
A cast iron double bed
Dec 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
A cast iron double bed
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD201 Bid
Full Sized Bamboo Bed Frame
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Full Sized Bamboo Bed Frame
by Sarasota Estate Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
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LARGE KINGSIZE BED
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
LARGE KINGSIZE BED
by Sheppards
Est: €500- €800
€3000 Bids
Modern Green and White Gingham Headboard
Dec 15, 10:00 AM EST
Modern Green and White Gingham Headboard
by Nye & Company
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A George III style mahogany 4-poster bed
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III style mahogany 4-poster bed
by Halls Fine Art
Est: £1,000- £2,000
£5000 Bids
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PAIR OF SINGLE BEDS
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
PAIR OF SINGLE BEDS
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
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LARGE KING-SIZED SLEIGH BED
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
LARGE KING-SIZED SLEIGH BED
by Sheppards
Est: €400- €600
€2400 Bids
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LARGE WALNUT ORMOLU FOUR POSTER BED
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
LARGE WALNUT ORMOLU FOUR POSTER BED
by Sheppards
Est: €7,000- €9,000
€4,2000 Bids
Nude Art Deco Figural Vanity Bench
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Nude Art Deco Figural Vanity Bench
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Asian-Inspired King Size Low Bed, Watari
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CST
Asian-Inspired King Size Low Bed, Watari
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
VENETIAN ROCOCO-STYLE PAINTED WOOD BEDROOM SET
Dec 09, 9:00 AM PST
VENETIAN ROCOCO-STYLE PAINTED WOOD BEDROOM SET
by Abell Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Handmade wood cradle
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
Handmade wood cradle
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Cannonball rope bed with rails, converted
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
Cannonball rope bed with rails, converted
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Rope bed with rails
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
Rope bed with rails
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PINE ROCKING CRADLE
Dec 09, 9:00 AM PST
PINE ROCKING CRADLE
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
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CEDAR SINGLE BED ENDS ONLY
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
CEDAR SINGLE BED ENDS ONLY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD100 Bids
MADELINE STUART WALNUT CONTEMPORARY BED
Dec 09, 9:00 AM PST
MADELINE STUART WALNUT CONTEMPORARY BED
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $400
$2250 Bids
Modern Fruitwood Queen Bed, Three Chests, Round Fold-Out Side Table and Mirror
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Modern Fruitwood Queen Bed, Three Chests, Round Fold-Out Side Table and Mirror
by Weschler's
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Two Patinated Metal Headboards
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Two Patinated Metal Headboards
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$50 Bids
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LARGE WHITE DAYBED ON CASTORS
Dec 09, 9:30 AM AEST
LARGE WHITE DAYBED ON CASTORS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD100 Bids
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CUSTOM LEATHER UPHOLSTERED KING SIZE BED
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
CUSTOM LEATHER UPHOLSTERED KING SIZE BED
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids

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