A gorgeous French Empire mahogany alcove daybed and bed crown hand-crafted in France in the 19th Century. A rare lit de repos made of mahogany most likely from Cuba or the Antilles and fitted with brass and ormolu figurines drawn from myth and history. The mahogany of the frame showcases the flame effect present across the best grain of the wood. The ornamentation on this piece representative of the Empire period includes neoclassical lions on the crown, heralding winged trumpet players on the bed frame, symmetrical swans, a favorite motif of Empress Josephine at her home Malmaison on the headboard, central symmetrical lyre players on the facade panel and Egyptian palmettes at the feet. The bed frame is flanked by stately fluted columns with ornamental brass capitals and bases featuring repeating neoclassical patterns. The crown offers the ability to create a private intimate space with your choice of drapery in a recessed space or nook for a niche bedroom. This piece is very versatile and could also be used in a living space as seating. Be sure to view all the images to see the incredible details. Crown 3 ¾” H x 47 ¼” W x 32” D. Interior mattress measurements 51.75” x 75”. From the slats to the top of the bedrail where it meets the headboard and footboard is 13.75”.
This darling antique daybed is the perfect spot to lounge. The cast iron frame has gained an incredible patina and still retains layers of worn green and red paint. A lovely floral motif on each side perfectly complements the red floral toile cushion. Includes matching lumbar pillows. Comfortable and easy to move within your space thanks to it being raised on castors, it is a wonderful addition to any living space or office. Make sure to view the detailed images for a closer look!
This fantastic day bed from the 1800’s was made of fruitwood in the style of Louis XVI! The shaped headboards are full of great details; a decorative nailhead trim securing the vintage floral fabric, carved rosettes at the corners, and fluted feet. A bedskirt matching the upholstery is secured from inside the frame. Three large rectangular pillows, two cylindrical decorative pillows, and matching floral sheets are included. The interior measurements are approximately 74” x 32”. Make sure to view the detailed images!
French Renaissance Revival style daybed from the late 1800’s. The daybed was used for seating during the day and rolled away for overnight guests. French walnut daybed with detailed crest with the letters “AG” and ebonized detailing on front-facing side with four wonderful feet and their intermeded rollers. From La Villa Pierrette in Saintes Charente Maritime. Interior measurements: 70-1/2″W x 35″D
A classically styled full-sized metal daybed from early 20th century France. The bed features an arched head and footboard that have been ornamented with scrolled details. The bed breaks down into a headboard, a footboard, and two iron side-rails. c.1900.
Fireside Antiques offers antique daybeds. We source many of our Vintage daybeds on buying trips to England and France. Here, you will find a vast selection of European 19th Century antiques.
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Antique daybeds are adaptable, refined, and practical. They can serve as a site for sleeping as well as lounging. They are a sophisticated choice for guestrooms or use in children’s bedrooms. A daybed can serve two key decorative purposes: to be a quality addition to an already adorned room or the focal point around which the rest of a room revolves.
Our Antique Daybeds
There are vintage retro daybeds out there and brand-new contemporary ones, but among all these options, a high-quality antique daybed stands out. At Fireside Antiques, we house a continually updated collection of daybeds from the 19th and 20th centuries, all of European origin.
Some feature classic designs that resemble a bed frame, whereas others are more reminiscent of a chaise lounge. Styles include directoire, neoclassical, and renaissance revival, and materials range from beautiful wood to painted metal.
Some daybeds, such as many 19th century French options, are gorgeously ornate. These are bold pieces that you can design an entire room around. Others are more subtle while still making an indelible impact on a space.
A Daybed Style for Every Room
Some daybeds are designed to function as a bed. These are often placed in an office or study in a home that does not have a guest room so that visitors have a comfortable and private place to spend the night. Daybeds have also been an increasingly popular choice for children’s rooms, especially those with limited space. All on their own, day beds can provide a bold accent.
Other daybeds may work better as lounges in a den or living room. They are often enjoyed as a cozy reading nook or spot to curl up by the fireplace on a winter day.
Daybeds originated in Greece several centuries ago. Unlike couches or sofas today, which are often a place to sit with family or friends, the daybed began as a place to lie down in or outside of the bedroom. In the 1600s, these daybeds later inspired the creation of the chaise lounge, another relaxing spot to recline.
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At Fireside Antiques, our daybeds are more than a place to rest. They are versatile pieces meant to both rejuvenate a space and give it a rich history. Browse our inventory to find the perfect antique daybed for your home and check out the rest of our fine antiques to add that finishing touch to your interior design.