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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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ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) DOUBLE BED, 1970S
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) DOUBLE BED, 1970S
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£6000 Bids
LARGE PAINTED CIZHOU 'MEIPING' VASE YUAN DYNASTY
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LARGE PAINTED CIZHOU 'MEIPING' VASE YUAN DYNASTY
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £2,500- £3,500
£1,2000 Bids
Chippendale Style Mahogany Bedstead
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Chippendale Style Mahogany Bedstead
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Victorian bed
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian bed
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Oak Victorian bed
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Oak Victorian bed
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Victorian cradle
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian cradle
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
FEDERAL-STYLE MAHOGANY TESTER BEDSTEAD
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
FEDERAL-STYLE MAHOGANY TESTER BEDSTEAD
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Beds


Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nye & Company

Nye & Company