Here at Wallrocks, we take great pleasure in scouring the world to seek out some of the finest pieces of antique furniture for our discerning Australian clientele. Finding an unloved antique bed is such a joy and the thought of breathing new life into each unique piece is a rather thrilling given how much they transform. Purchased in original condition to ensure authenticity, one needs a trained eye to be able to look past the decades of dirt and grime for what we believe will be revealed underneath. Sometimes the reality even exceeds our expectations! We currently have a collection of some of the finest marquetry and French Provincial beds we have ever sourced.
Skillfully hand restored in our workshop in Brisbane, our gallery contains examples of the before and after shots from some of our previous restorations. Many pieces can be custom restored to suit individual tastes, and for French Provincial beds with upholstery, we can offer our interior decorating services to beautifully match a fabric selection with your room interior to achieve a stunning result.
Beds date back as far as the early Egyptian society when ancient pharaohs slept on raised platforms with semi-cylindrical stone headrests. They have since evolved in both comfort and style, reaching their peak in the 17th century, which was known as “the century of magnificent beds”, when Louis XIV was renowned to have had 413 beds throughout his many palaces.
The production of some of the most magnificently carved and intricately decorated wooden bed frames occurred during the 1900’s by master craftsmen such as François Linke (1855-1946) who was a leading Parisian ébéniste (cabinetmaker). Wallrocks currently have two beds in our collection that we have attributed to Linke. Whilst it cannot be proven, the workmanship is typical of his and outstanding quality.
For an understanding of how formal or French Provincial beds will be restored, please enquire.
This beautiful parcel gilt bed with carved flowers and leaves flanked by basket of flowers bed knobs, restored to its former glory and finished off with a sophisticated top fabric cover
The lovely carved detail in the ornate bed knobs comes alive having had a good clean and polish
Cleaned and polished the subtle marquetry decoration can be fully appreciated
We bought this bed complete with royal blue velvet cover. It was overlooked for two years until one client with a fantastic imagination saw through what it was to how it could be.