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        The Great Bed of Ware, c.1590

        English School, (16th century). Medium: carved, inlaid and painted wood. Date: 16th Century. Probably commissioned by an innkeeper at Ware, Hertfordshire as an advertising promotional gimmick to attract business; sleeps over 15 people; mentioned by Shakespeare and Byron; Provenance: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

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