We imported this exquisite antique Chinese wedding bed to the USA in 2012…. it had previously inhabited a home schedule for demolition so it was wonderful to have the chance to give the Chinese wedding bed a new life! It was finally purchased by our customer Dongming in Greenville, SC, so it has landed in a place very different to its origins in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China! A full size antique bed of this caliber, like much the antique furniture we carry, is a sight to behold. From headboard to footboard, its solid wood crafting combined with a quality comforter means its owner will be sleeping in comfort and style.
Dongming and his daughter had driven to Columbia for the day and were on their way home to Greenville. His daughter decided she really wanted to eat at Arby’s. They got off I-26 at Newberry, and ended up on Main Street. Dongming decided he wanted to stop in some antiques shops, which is how he made his way to our EuroLux Home antiques store. He is a professor of Asian Studies, specializing in Chinese literature, so when he saw the antique Chinese wedding bed in our Gallery, he stopped in his tracks! He knew exactly what it was and also knew it would fit in his master bedroom. To top it all off, it was his birthday! He took it as a sign of fate.
Antique Bed Crafted Perfectly
The Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese wedding bed in red lacquered pine dates to around 1900. It is very ornamental and ornate. Antique Chinese wedding beds like this were once used by royalty, and were often called “Eight Step Beds.” It is divided into two areas, one for sleeping and the other for storage. A Chinese wedding antique bed frame was actually used like an entire bedroom. Chinese women spent most of their time eating, embroidering, socializing, and sleeping in this area. It was basically a bedroom set in one piece of bedroom furniture! An entire antique bedroom, merged into one piece. Truly remarkable.
Greg and I were out of town at the furniture market in North Carolina when Dongming purchased the bed. We already had deliveries scheduled for the following week in Georgia. However, Dongming was leaving to take a group of students on a study abroad tour in China for the summer and he really wanted to have the bed delivered prior to his departure.
I stayed up until 4 am the night before the delivery in order to get all 50 pieces of the bed cleaned, waxed, and ready to be delivered, but I made it happen!
The bed comes apart in about 50 pieces. It is completely held together with tenon and mortise joints – no hardware at all! This is a photo of about half of the bed pieces.
It took about two hours to reassemble it in Dongming’s home, but it looks great! The bed features various carvings of people and traditional Chinese symbols. Notice it is gilded with a very fine layer of gold.
Qing Dynasty Luxury
Dongming is planning to use the Late Qing Dynasty bed on a daily basis. This very beautiful bed will continue to be loved and cherished. We’re so glad the superb antique Chinese wedding bed was saved and it found a new home!
At EuroLuxHome.com, we’ve got a wide variety of antique and vintage beds available. Our style options range from Victorian, Art Deco, Rococo, Louis XV, French Provincial, Mid-Century Modern and more 19th century and 20th century pieces. Other options include quality wood beds with sizes including queen size, king size, double beds and twin beds. Maybe you’re in the market for a day bed, or a metal bed such as an iron bed or brass bed frame. The point is, we’ve got you covered.
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.