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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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SILKY OAK BURGUNDY VELVET UPHOLSTERED LIFT TOP DAY BED
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
SILKY OAK BURGUNDY VELVET UPHOLSTERED LIFT TOP DAY BED
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1204 Bids
WALNUT RICE CARVED QUEEN POSTER BED
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
WALNUT RICE CARVED QUEEN POSTER BED
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Ornate Single Bed Head - gold painted finish. 140cm high, 90cm wide.
Dec 06, 7:00 PM AEDT
Ornate Single Bed Head - gold painted finish. 140cm high, 90cm wide.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Double Poster Bed, Chestnut, With Side Rails, Slats
Dec 04, 5:00 PM CST
Double Poster Bed, Chestnut, With Side Rails, Slats
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Art Deco Double Bed
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Art Deco Double Bed
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Floral upholstered bedhead. H 106cm, W 170cm
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Floral upholstered bedhead. H 106cm, W 170cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD800 Bids
Pair of Tiger Maple Cannon Ball Four-Poster Twin Beds
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Pair of Tiger Maple Cannon Ball Four-Poster Twin Beds
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,250
$5000 Bids
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PINE PENCIL POST QUEEN BED WITH CANOPY
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PINE PENCIL POST QUEEN BED WITH CANOPY
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
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PAIR OF TWIN SIZE LOG FRAME HEADBOARDS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF TWIN SIZE LOG FRAME HEADBOARDS
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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SCROLLED IRON KING SIZE BED, RUST FINISH
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
SCROLLED IRON KING SIZE BED, RUST FINISH
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
(3Pc) Endura Furniture Key West Tropical Bed Set
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
(3Pc) Endura Furniture Key West Tropical Bed Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Upholstered Linen and Ribbon Headboards
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Upholstered Linen and Ribbon Headboards
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Large Neoclassical Style King- Size Poster Bed
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Large Neoclassical Style King- Size Poster Bed
by Alex Cooper
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Tall Post Bed
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Tall Post Bed
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
CUSTOM MADE WOOD CRADLE. UNSIGNED.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
CUSTOM MADE WOOD CRADLE. UNSIGNED.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$600 Bids
Mario Villa Patinated Metal Bed
Dec 08, 11:00 AM CST
Mario Villa Patinated Metal Bed
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids
Contemporary Queen-Size Metal & Brass Poster Bed
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Contemporary Queen-Size Metal & Brass Poster Bed
by Alex Cooper
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Impressive Bench-Made Walnut Four-Post Canopy Bed
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CST
Impressive Bench-Made Walnut Four-Post Canopy Bed
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids

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