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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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HÄSTENS EXCEPTIONNEL ET LUXUEUX LIT " 2000T "
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
HÄSTENS EXCEPTIONNEL ET LUXUEUX LIT " 2000T "
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €20,000- €40,000
€1,4007 Bids
Queen Adjustable Tempur Pedic Ergo Extend Bed with Stearns & Foster Mattress
Jun 23, 3:00 PM MST
Queen Adjustable Tempur Pedic Ergo Extend Bed with Stearns & Foster Mattress
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $0- $0
$902 Bids
Victorian Marble Top Bedroom Suite 4 Pieces
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Victorian Marble Top Bedroom Suite 4 Pieces
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$602 Bids
Solid Cherry King Size Sleigh Bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Solid Cherry King Size Sleigh Bed
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Mayfair pair vintage upholstered walnut twin beds
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Mayfair pair vintage upholstered walnut twin beds
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed
by Caza Sikes
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
French stenciled queen size bed with bronze with rails
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
French stenciled queen size bed with bronze with rails
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1001 Bid
Hans J. Wegner, Daybed, model GE 7
May 29, 11:00 AM CDT
Hans J. Wegner, Daybed, model GE 7
by Wright
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1001 Bid
L. Rossi: Wonderful Chinoiserie Ebonized and Giltwood Pagoda-Form Bed
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
L. Rossi: Wonderful Chinoiserie Ebonized and Giltwood Pagoda-Form Bed
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Stickley mission oak Harvey Ellis Design king size bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Stickley mission oak Harvey Ellis Design king size bed
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
FENDI PAIRE DE CHEVETS
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
FENDI PAIRE DE CHEVETS
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €250- €500
€101 Bid
L. Rossi: Neoclassical-Style Carved and Painted Poster Bed
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
L. Rossi: Neoclassical-Style Carved and Painted Poster Bed
by Abell Auction
Est: $700- $1,000
$3501 Bid
L. Rossi: Carved and Ebonized Walnut Four Poster Bed
Jun 09, 9:00 AM PDT
L. Rossi: Carved and Ebonized Walnut Four Poster Bed
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Serena and Lily Luxury King Size Bed
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Serena and Lily Luxury King Size Bed
by Nye & Company
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Thos. Moser walnut American Bungalow bed.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Thos. Moser walnut American Bungalow bed.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Mid C20th teak 'Nordic' bed head with spindle gallery by Parker (128 x 137cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
Mid C20th teak 'Nordic' bed head with spindle gallery by Parker (128 x 137cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD151 Bid
King Size Iron Bed
May 30, 6:00 PM EDT
King Size Iron Bed
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Antique walnut cradle
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique walnut cradle
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $75- $150
$250 Bids
Italian Wrought Iron and Carved Wood Headboard
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Italian Wrought Iron and Carved Wood Headboard
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Ethan Allen king mattress & box spring
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Ethan Allen king mattress & box spring
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Queen Size Misson Style Oak Headboard
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Queen Size Misson Style Oak Headboard
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $75- $100
$250 Bids
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Victorian 3 piece bedroom set
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian 3 piece bedroom set
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK KOKUTEN TWO TONE PLATFORM QUEEN/KING BEDROOM SET
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK KOKUTEN TWO TONE PLATFORM QUEEN/KING BEDROOM SET
by Intervendue
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$4000 Bids

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Nye & Company

Nye & Company

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Wright

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

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