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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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TESTIERA DI LETTO IN LEGNO INTAGLIATO, LACCATO E DORATO, XX SECOLO
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Est: €50- €70
€501 Bid
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Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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May 23, 3:00 PM AEST
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Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
Living Divani black leather single daybed (30 x 95 x 190cm)
May 23, 3:00 PM AEST
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by Lawsons
Est: AUD240- AUD350
AUD151 Bid
Serena and Lily Luxury King Size Bed
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Serena and Lily Luxury King Size Bed
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Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
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Est: $200- $400
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5 piece Chippendale style bedroom set
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
5 piece Chippendale style bedroom set
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Est: $250- $500
$1000 Bids
Tuscan Wrought Iron Bed Headboard
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Tuscan Wrought Iron Bed Headboard
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
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May 25, 5:00 PM CEST
Brass bed, with headboard and footboard
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Est: €0- €0
€3500 Bids
VINTAGE MODERN WHIMSICAL BED FRAME
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE MODERN WHIMSICAL BED FRAME
by Intervendue
Est: $3,600- $6,000
$5000 Bids
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May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Queen Size Misson Style Oak Headboard
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Est: $75- $100
$250 Bids
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May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Willetts Cannon ball Bedroom Suite Colonial
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $200- $300
$250 Bids
An Art Deco walnut double bed and wardrobe en suite,
May 23, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco walnut double bed and wardrobe en suite,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
Early Canopy Bed
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Early Canopy Bed
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Kincaid paneled king size bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Kincaid paneled king size bed
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Early Canopy Bed
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Early Canopy Bed
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Blue Velvet Upholstered Bed
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Blue Velvet Upholstered Bed
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Baker 4 poster queen size bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Baker 4 poster queen size bed
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Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
DEDON LIT DE JARDIN D'EXTÉRIEUR.
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
DEDON LIT DE JARDIN D'EXTÉRIEUR.
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €250- €500
€100 Bids
SOUTHERN TESTER BED W/ TOBACCO LEAF CARVING, INLAY & EGOLMISE BOLT COVERS ( 821/2" X 84" X 54 1/2" OVERALL)
Jun 02, 10:30 AM EDT
SOUTHERN TESTER BED W/ TOBACCO LEAF CARVING, INLAY & EGOLMISE BOLT COVERS ( 821/2" X 84" X 54 1/2" OVERALL)
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
PAGODA SPANISH REVIVAL SPINDLE CARVED HEADBOARD
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
PAGODA SPANISH REVIVAL SPINDLE CARVED HEADBOARD
by Intervendue
Est: $6,000- $7,500
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A pair of Antonio Citterio daybeds for Vitra, H 42 - W 222 - D 68 cm
May 28, 10:00 AM CEST
A pair of Antonio Citterio daybeds for Vitra, H 42 - W 222 - D 68 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €2,000- €3,000
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Sellers Who Sell Beds - General


Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Regency Auction House

Regency Auction House

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Lawsons

Lawsons