As the name implies, a sleigh bed is postless bed with the foot and head boards of an "S" shape, similar to that of a sleigh. In France it is an Empire style bed known as a "lit en bateau". Sleigh beds are still being made and sold at the present time.
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Literally from the French, 'boat-shaped bed', an Empire-style bed with curving head and footboards, often forming S-shaped scrolls, with the head and foot of equal height. Also known as a "sleigh bed"
A French mahogany Empire day bed, circa 1830s, the 'Lit-En-Bateau' with simple typical outswept and curved sides, upholstered in sage green velvet with two associated bolsters and raised upon scalloped and fan like bracket feet. height 88 cm. Width 200 cm.
A French 19th century Directoire style mahogany and gilt mounted Sleigh bed of typical form with doric gilt mounted columns to the front of the head and foot boards, with a curved front rail and plain wall side 124 cm w x 204 cm d x 115 cm high
A French early 19th century Empire ormolu-mounted mahogany lit en bateau with canopy, the rectangular stepped upper-structure centred by scrolling branches and scrolling acanthus leaves to the angles, with cream-ground silk curtains, the scrolled head-boar
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