Great Bed of Ware | Vredeman de Vries, Hans | V&A Explore The Collections
This bed is in the typical style of carved wooden beds of the 1590s but it is remarkable for its large size. It is over 326 centimeters wide. The bed has been famous since it was made. William Shakespeare mentioned it in his play Twelfth Night, first performed in 1601. The contemporary playwright Ben Jonson called it 'the great bed at Ware' in a play in 1609. Visitors often carved their initials on the bed or applied red wax seals, which are still visible on the bedposts and headboard today.
"José Solís Betancourt was commissioned to renovate the interiors of a 1932 Tudor Revival house in Washington, D.C. Richard Williams Architects collaborated on the project. Architectural details in the library include exposed rough-hewn beams and a Gothic-arched fireplace. Roman shade fabric, Robert Allen. Drapery fabric, Manuel Canovas. (Architectural Digest, April 2008)"
The Great Hall of a Medieval Castle was a lavishly decorated large room which was used to entertain guests, serve meals, etc. The Great Hall in this unique home which was remodeled to resemble a Gothic Castle lives up to that tradition! Large wooden ceiling beams and ornate wrought iron chandeliers give the room that castle feeling. The large black limestone fireplace in the back of the room was designed and installed by Carved Stone Creations as was several other carved stone architectur...