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English Beds

English antique beds bring a touch of elegance and solid workmanship to any home. With a wide range of styles from Elizabethan to Victorian, antique bed collectors can choose from a variety of styles.

The earliest antique beds from England were designs from the Elizabethan period. Because the 16th century was marked by nationwide warfare and strife, most English beds were crafted with simple lines. Constructed of hardy English oak, craftsmen decorated the beds with bulbs and knobs instead of carvings.

The intricate craftsmanship of Louis IV furniture, which originates from the late 17th century, inspired the Queen Anne style of English beds. With intricate carvings and moldings, these antique beds were as ornate as their Elizabethan counterparts were simple.

English oak continued to be the mainstay of English furniture until the late 1800s, when imported woods became more available. At the mid-19th century iron, steel, and brass beds became popular. Hand-finished and designed with elegant curves and finials, these beds evoke a sense of romance.


Quick Facts

  • The English people adorned their Elizabethan beds with plenty of curtains and canopies to protect against the chill in their drafty homes
  • One of the most famous brass beds in world belonged to Queen Victoria
  • British artist Tracey Emin used her simple and unkempt bed in an art installation that later sold at Christie’s for $2.5 million

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Regency Style Four Poster Mahogany Bed
Jun 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Regency Style Four Poster Mahogany Bed
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
A Victorian 'Carters Literary Machine' day bed wit…
Jun 24, 9:00 AM BST
A Victorian 'Carters Literary Machine' day bed wit…
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
An impressive James I carved and inlaid oak full tester bed. The oak panell
Jun 20, 10:30 AM BST
An impressive James I carved and inlaid oak full tester bed. The oak panell
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£1,5000 Bids
A Fabulous James I Profusely Carved Arcaded Oak Bed Head or Overmantle of rich colour and patination
Jun 16, 11:00 AM BST
A Fabulous James I Profusely Carved Arcaded Oak Bed Head or Overmantle of rich colour and patination
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £2,000- £4,000
£1,2000 Bids
Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Headboard w/ Wonderful Inlaid Panel - 66"T / 48"W
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Headboard w/ Wonderful Inlaid Panel - 66"T / 48"W
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Victorian Style Baby Bed w/ Oval Carved Headboard in Rocking Cradle
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Style Baby Bed w/ Oval Carved Headboard in Rocking Cradle
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Regency Brass-Mounted Mahogany Campaign Bed Morgan & Sanders, London
Jun 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Regency Brass-Mounted Mahogany Campaign Bed Morgan & Sanders, London
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
CHIPPENDALE STYLE MAHOGANY TESTER BEDSTEAD Length: 75 x 52 in. Height: 89 1/2 in. (227.3 cm.)
Jun 28, 10:00 AM EDT
CHIPPENDALE STYLE MAHOGANY TESTER BEDSTEAD Length: 75 x 52 in. Height: 89 1/2 in. (227.3 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $225
$700 Bids
4PC SOUTHERN VICTORIAN BAMBOO STYLE BEDROOM SET
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
4PC SOUTHERN VICTORIAN BAMBOO STYLE BEDROOM SET
by Dargate Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Beds


Swisher Bros. Auction

Swisher Bros. Auction

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DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

Dargate Auction Galleries

Dargate Auction Galleries

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