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Beds

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
ANTIQUE ITALIAN WROUGHT IRON CAMPAIGN BED
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ANTIQUE ITALIAN WROUGHT IRON CAMPAIGN BED
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1505 Bids
Pleasant Hill Shaker cherry bed
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Pleasant Hill Shaker cherry bed
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
A hardwood double bed made by Wentworth, Melbourne
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A hardwood double bed made by Wentworth, Melbourne
by Gibson's
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD602 Bids
Hunzinger-Style Twist-Form Bed
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Hunzinger-Style Twist-Form Bed
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $500- $700
$2252 Bids
Trump Home Murray Hill Serta King Size Mattress
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Trump Home Murray Hill Serta King Size Mattress
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage Wooden Daybed , No Pull Out Mattress
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Wooden Daybed , No Pull Out Mattress
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Day Bed
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Day Bed
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
8pc Neoclassical Style French Bedroom Set
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
8pc Neoclassical Style French Bedroom Set
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE ACORN ROPE PEG RAIL FULL SIZE BED MAPLE
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
ANTIQUE ACORN ROPE PEG RAIL FULL SIZE BED MAPLE
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $500- $600
$101 Bid
Inlaid Marquetry top Mahogany Full Bed
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Inlaid Marquetry top Mahogany Full Bed
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$501 Bid
Antique Painted Iron and Metal European Twin Beds, Pair
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Painted Iron and Metal European Twin Beds, Pair
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$1001 Bid
Ornately Carved Rosewood Queen Size Bed
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Ornately Carved Rosewood Queen Size Bed
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$1001 Bid
Rustic Mexican Santa Fe Style Queen Headboard
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Rustic Mexican Santa Fe Style Queen Headboard
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Arbek Sundance Lodge Pole Queen Size Poster Bed
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Arbek Sundance Lodge Pole Queen Size Poster Bed
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Wooden Childs Cradle
Mar 03, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Wooden Childs Cradle
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Midcentury Edmond Spence Coronation Bedroom Set
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Midcentury Edmond Spence Coronation Bedroom Set
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Vintage Newtons Cradle
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Newtons Cradle
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Blue Velvet Upholstered Bed
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Blue Velvet Upholstered Bed
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
George Nelson, full-size teak headboard
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
George Nelson, full-size teak headboard
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
FRED RUF, DAYBED, 1951
Mar 19, 6:30 PM CET
FRED RUF, DAYBED, 1951
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids
Six (6) pc RWAY French Empire Style Bedroom Set
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Six (6) pc RWAY French Empire Style Bedroom Set
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
PARISI ICO (1916 - 1996) - Child's bed
Mar 07, 2:00 PM CET
PARISI ICO (1916 - 1996) - Child's bed
by Capitolium Art
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€7000 Bids

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