Antique Canopy Beds


2015-06-26 11:15:30


Antique Canopy Beds are antique four-poster beds.

Brief history and description

A canopy bed is similar to a four poster bed in that it allows elaborate or decorative fabric to be draped along the top and sides of the bed frame.

Canopy beds were often used by individuals of importance (such as noble lords and ladies) in medieval Europe and England, and were popular not only because they helped ward off bugs, rain or dirt (due to the fact that during this period the roofs of homes were not very stable), but to allow privacy as well.

Antique canopy beds can come in a variety of different styles such as Oriental, Louis XVI-style, opium beds, day beds and four poster beds.

Guide for collectors

Daybed sofas with canopy tops, Chinese/Oriental and gold repousse brass canopy beds are considered to be the most rare.

Restoration of an antique canopy bed is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique canopy bed may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique canopy beds, visit The Bed Connection.


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. in Hillsborough, North Carolina sold an antique Chinese canopy bed (circa 19th century) featuring mahogany with bone and various floral and animal designs for $26,000 in December of 2010, and another antique Chinese mahogany canopy bed for $8,750 in March of 2011.

Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold an American Empire rosewood canopy bed for $9,500 in October of 2005.

Jay Anderson Antique Auction in Stillwater, MN sold an American walnut queen size canopy bed for $6,700 in January of 2011.

Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold a twin size brass canopy bed for $600 in September of 2008.

Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downington, Pennsylvania sold a Chippendale walnut tall post canopy bed (circa late 18th century) for $6,000 in October of 2010.

Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a Southern mahogany canopy bed (circa mid-1800s) for $6,000 in September of 2006, and another mahogany Southern canopy bed (circa mid-1800s) for $5,000 in May of 2005.

Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a French Louis XVI-style canopy bed (circa 1920) for $5,500 in February of 2010.

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