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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A contemporary limed oak kingsize bed frame with a padded headboard by Graham and Green
Dec 06, 2:00 PM GMT
A contemporary limed oak kingsize bed frame with a padded headboard by Graham and Green
by The Pedestal
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
VINTAGE REGENCY STYLE CARVED WOOD HEADBOARD 82.5"
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE REGENCY STYLE CARVED WOOD HEADBOARD 82.5"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $150- $225
$200 Bids
A Regency mahogany day bed,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Regency mahogany day bed,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
A Pair of Jacobean Style Single beds with Caned Detail & New Timber Bases
Dec 09, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Pair of Jacobean Style Single beds with Caned Detail & New Timber Bases
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD50 Bids
Queen Anne Style Double Bed,
Dec 14, 10:00 AM AEDT
Queen Anne Style Double Bed,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD200 Bids
Edward James and Norris Wakefield, Important and unique bed
Dec 07, 11:00 AM GMT
Edward James and Norris Wakefield, Important and unique bed
by Roseberys
Est: £5,000- £7,000
£2,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Beds


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Theodore Bruce