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Four-poster bed

History: – Referenced in the Mishnah from the 3rd century CE – Mentioned in numerous Irish sagas and early manuscripts – 16th-century four-poster bed in […]

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History:
– Referenced in the Mishnah from the 3rd century CE
– Mentioned in numerous Irish sagas and early manuscripts
– 16th-century four-poster bed in Crathes Castle, Scotland
– Four-poster beds designed to impress great personages and royalty
– Developed for practical reasons such as warmth and privacy

See also:
– Canopy bed
– Mosquito net
– Domestic furnishing in early modern Scotland
– V&A Tester Bed
– The History of Four-Poster Beds at The Milestone Hotel & Residences

References:
– Tester Bed at V&A
– The History of Four-Poster Beds at The Milestone Hotel & Residences
– Mishna Sukkah 1:3
– Acallam na Senórach, translated by Standish Hayes O’Grady
– Additional citations needed for verification

External links:
– Media related to Four-poster beds at Wikimedia Commons
– Bedding
– Adult beds (bed sizes)
– Weighted blanket
– Expand Wikipedia article about furniture or furnishing

Four-poster bed (Wikipedia)

A four-poster bed or tester bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in each corner, that support a tester, or upper (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will often have rails to allow curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a number of antique four-poster beds extant dating to the 16th century and earlier; many of these early beds are highly ornate and are made from oak.

Four-poster bed
Ornate Elizabethan four-poster bed
Four-poster bed (lit à colonnes), 19th century, château de Compiègne, France.

Four-poster beds were developed for several practical reasons. Bedrooms often had drafts and could be cold at night: the curtains could be closed to help keep the occupant of the bed warm. The curtains also helped to give privacy to the sleepers, since servants and bodyguards often slept in the same room, especially in the case of royalty, served by a special group of servants of the bedchamber (usually noble courtiers), lords and ladies of the bedchamber, esquires of the body, etc. In the medieval era and up to the 18th century beds were items of furniture on which great personages and royalty made public appearances and held court, thus they were designed to impress. A four-poster bed with backboard and tester allowed extra space from which to display and hang expensive fabrics and heraldic decoration.

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