The four-poster bed has sustained its popularity for centuries. It is believed that it was first designed in the 1400s in Austria, and that its popularity spread across Europe and eventually to the rest of the world. Popular with the Tudors in England, the four-poster became known as “the bed of kings.” Elaborate bedding of ornate silks, satins and even plumes of feathers followed, and the bed became a status symbol.Perhaps the most famous four-poster bed is The Bed of Ware, which is part of The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection. Crafted circa 1590, it is believed to have once been a curiosity at a bed and breakfast and was made famous by a mention in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
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