Sophisticated, elegant and stylish an antique sofa oozes class. There are a variety of antique sofas to choose from in a variety of designs and styles. An antique sofa can transform a room, a stand alone piece it can become the focal point of a room, not only an item of furniture to lounge upon and relax it can be a thing of beauty and craftsmanship in itself.
Sofas have existed for centuries, in Ancient Egypt they were considered a luxury and were used only by royalty. The sofas original design was for one person, often male and it was only in the 16th C that there was the introduction of sofas designed for more than one person.
Antique sofa frames are made from wood and often stuffed with down and horsehair. Over the years sofas have been produced throughout the centuries, the majority being made in the Victorian and Edwardian period. Since the Renaissance there was an increased demand in upholstered sofas. Styles of antique sofas available include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Jacobean and Elizabethan, all of which styles have influenced sofa designs over the year.
It is now possible to purchase antique chaise longues, antique settees, couches, antique upholstered day beds, Regency sofas and also the very popular Chesterfield sofa. Alongside the Industrial Revolution coiled springs were introduced in sofas and since then there has been many replicas of antique sofas, these vintage sofas still make for eye-catching pieces of furniture in the home.
Made from the mid 19th C this type of sofa is entirely upholstered, often in leather. The roll arms on a Chesterfield sofa are the same height as the back of the sofa, it offers a very traditional, classic and elegant look and would be particularly fetching in an office or living room. The condition of the leather of the Chesterfield is very important and often its value is dependant upon this.
Coming from the French phrase ‘long chair’ this type of sofa also dates back to Egyptian times and was a symbol of luxury, elegance and wealth. A heavier chaise longue is a Victorian one made between 1837-1901; they tend to have gothic elements in their design and are made from darker woods.
An Edwardian chaise longue is more simplistic with clean lines, it is not overly ornate and the Art Nouveau movement largely inspired its design. A decorative, attractive chaise longue is a French Rococo style, also sought after is an antique chaise longue made from rosewood or walnut. Chaise longues look particularly nice and inviting set in front of a window.
In the 18th C Hepplewhite and Chippendale produced sofa designs, both of which are sought after and of value, a Chippendale sofa was deep enough to also be used as an occasional day bed. Other antique sofas of note include the Regency meridienne/daybed from the early 1800’s, with a high headrest and sloping back.
Sofas from different periods have different characteristics and styles, for a plainer look that will serve a purpose whilst being very simplistic you may wish to choose an Elizabethan sofa or an early Georgian sofa. Queen Anne antique sofas are very opulent with sweeping curves, and Victorian antique sofas tend to be more elaborate with decorative detailing.
When deciding upon the best antique sofa for you, look at the condition of the upholstery, whether it has been refurbished, the age and whether the legs and feet match the period the antique sofa was made. Antique sofas wooden frames were usually made from quality woods such as oak, walnut, mahogany, which are very durable, they will also feature dovetail joints. Not only a valuable collectors item and an investment, but also a functional item of furniture to while away the hours lounging upon.
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We are delighted to offer a fabulous pair of Gilt Wood Bergere Arm Chairs with a pair of Matching Stools. French in Origin and dating to to mid 19th Century. ...
This is a very pretty good quality French salon sofa in solid walnut with a rich cherry red upholstery. The sofa has a lovely raised scroll end design and the ...
Very good quality three piece Edwardian Lounge Suite comprising of the settee and two matching side chairs, the suite is veneered in burr walnut and sits on short cabriole legs ...
This is a large Edwardian antique three seat sofa. Tight frame and three feather filled cushions. Standing on bun feet with new solid brass castors inset. Will require a loose ...
A most unusual chaise lounge / daybed /sofa. 19th century spiral turned with original tapestry panels and seat standing on turned leg terminating with quality brass casters. This item ...
This is a late 19th Century Victorian antique two seat settee which stands on four turned mahogany legs with brass casters.
The upholstery is a pale green colour with a buttoned ...
This is an early 20th Century oak framed small sofa, green stripe chenille upholstery with feather seat cushion on foliate carved apron & three fluted cup supports.
Offered for sale is this decorative cane & wicker work suite of furniture
Sofa, 2 chairs and matching table. All in cane with wicker banding and intricate patterns.
This is an originally decorated French sofa, couch or settee. The frame is strong and sturdy, the upholstery in very good condition.
This is a 19th Century Victorian antique mahogany carved silver giltwood, scrolled arm Sofa. The whole resting on turned feet. Excellent condition. The gilt a little distressed and some slight ...
This very attractive settee would sit well in many places in the home, including a bedroom. It’s antique early Victorian, possible William IV. dating to around 1840-60’s & solid walnut, ...
Fine example of recycling old furniture.carved oak sofa which has been made from an 18th Century oak sofa. Now providing a comfortable 2 seat sofa, covered in calico ready for re-covering.front ...
This is a really pretty French Giltwood Sofa in super order dating from around 1870. The sofa has a hand carved hardwood frame with its original gilding and has recently ...
This is a very good quality early 20th century mahogany two seater couch, with gold upholstery, in excellent condition.
You are free to view this item at our showroom by appointment ...
Fantastic Victorian carved mahogany settee,with a carved shaped back framed in mahogany comes forward to a lovely carved shaped arm,standing on shaped cabriole legs to the front outswept back legs ...
This is a rare example of a two seater winged backed sofa beautifully upholstered in new fresh fabric with double piping and mahogany tapered legs and turned rails .This would ...
Straight from our workshop, fully restored and newly upholstered, a wonderful Camel or Hump backed Sofa in the manner of William & Mary. The fabric used has a pattern of ...
An extremely elegant sofa from the 1920's. The finely carved mid 18th century style legs are solid walnut with parcel gilt highlights. The upholstery is new and of a silky ...
This antique Swedish Bergere three seater sofa is satin birch & has just been completely re-upholstered in a neutral coloured fabric with new feather cushions. Consequently, it’s very comfortable, because ...
This is a wonderful stylish French chaise longue or lounge, sofa, couch or settee. The frame is solid mahogany and very strong and sturdy. Decorated with ormolu bronze mounts. The ...
A very comfortable and stylish French Couch, Sofa or Settee. The frame is strong and sturdy and originally decorated. The upholstery is a light bluey grey and in very good ...
Quirky and less formal for a chaise longue also a little smaller than usual this ticks all the right boxes for our busy houses today. It could also be used ...
For sale is a Victorian rosewood chaise lounge in good condition having been recently upholstered and covered in a floral cream fabric with antique brass studs to the edge, the ...
This is a very fine English Regency antique carved mahogany sofa after a design by John Taylor incorporating Greek and Roman elements. Having acanthus leaf wrapped carved scroll ends, the ...
Not only is this French Chaise Longue or Lounge / Day Bed highly decorative it is extremely comfortable also ! The frame is originally painted, now showing slight signs of ...
This is a very pretty Adams style two seater curved chaise / settee, standing on outswept legs, deep buttoned silver grey damask upholstery (new), in lovely condition.
You are free to ...
Antique Victorian mahogany upholstered settee with plenty of deep carvings & in good original condition. The back has two carved top rails & some stunning carvings of dragons plus other ...
This is an exceptional 19th Century Regency antique brass elegant chaise longue with painted decorations and fully reupholstered.
All of the items that we advertise for sale have been as accurately ...
Very Pretty Late Victorian Rosewood Inlaid Hall Seat.
Standing on Shaped Legs with pad Feet.
The Elegant Swept Arms having Ring Turned Supports.
The Back of the Seat Consisting of 3 marquetry inlaid ...
19th century French grey-painted and parcel-gilt two seater cane sofa. Double gondola back with central pierced fan motif, portrait medallion detail and frieze of putto to front rail. Double cane ...
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