Learn about Sleigh Bed

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.

Learn about Lit-En-Bateau

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"
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A French Empire King size sleigh bed, raised on gilt lion's paw feet, 150 cm high, 255 cm long, 188 cm wide

American mahogany king size sleigh bed comprising of 2 ends and 2 rails

Antique French Mahogany sleigh bed, approx 109 cm high, 213 cm wide x

Antique flambe mahogany sleigh bed, approx. 123 cm wide, 115 cm high

Antique European pine single sleigh bed, painted in faux walnut finish, 188 cm long x 94 cm wide

Antique European pine single sleigh bed, painted in faux walnut finish, 188 cm long x 94 cm wide

Antique European pine single sleigh bed, painted in faux walnut finish, 188 cm long x 94 cm wide

Antique European pine single sleigh bed, painted in faux walnut finish, 188 cm long x 94 cm wide

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.

An antique pine single sleigh bed. Provenance: Purportedly Naomi Watt's childhood bed

A fine quality rosewood and marquetry sleigh bed, each curved, panelled end United by a conforming bed rail, the whole inlaid with fine floral cartouches, raised on bracket feet, 135 x 105 x 220 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 h

An Art Deco double bed, circa 1930, the sleigh bed in bur walnut with matching rails. Height 100 cm

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

A 19th century Dutch walnut and floral marquetry sleigh bed with scrolled head foot with side rails each with floral marquetry decoration

A French fruitwood sleigh bed. Width 189 cm. Length 193 cm. Height 92 cm

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