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English Sofas, Couches & Chaises

English sofas, couches, and chaises developed according to the stylistic and artistic trends of the time. Because of its geographic separation from the rest of Europe, the development of English furniture over the centuries can differ quite vastly from other European countries.

The reign of Elizabeth I (1558 – 1603) marked a decorative style that echoed the spirit of the English Renaissance. An enriched surface with flamboyantly carved and painted decoration is prominent on sofas and chaises from this period. The Jacobean period followed, ushering in the popularity of oak and pine with simpler decorations. These pieces were often massive and built to last generations. During the early 1700s, the Queen Anne style sofas were lighter and more comfortable. During this period, cherry and maple woods were preferred. One of the most well-known English eras, the Victorian era, drew its influence from gothic forms. With dark finished woods, elaborate carvings, and larger proportions, the couches and chaises from this period strongly influenced by Rococo and Louis XV. It was also during this time that factories expanded and furniture designers had less direct contact with customers.

The Chesterfield sofa is a definitive symbol of English style. Named after the Earl of Chesterfield, its deep tufts, soft cushioning, and low back make it at once comfortable and stylish. Since its creation in the 1700s, the look has been recreated using almost every material imaginable, but will always exude classic English elegance.


Quick Facts

  • A large buttoned leather Chesterfield sofa from the late 19th to early 20th century sold at Christie's London in March 2013 for $15,180
  • A Queen Anne style twin chair-back sofa sold at Christie's London in July 2015 for $3,112
  • During the Victorian era, the change in manufacturing methods that came with the Industrial Revolution made it possible to produce mass quantities, satisfying middle class demands for the first time

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GEORGE SMITH LEATHER CHESTERFIELD SOFA
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE SMITH LEATHER CHESTERFIELD SOFA
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$2,1006 Bids
Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset TOGO Floor Loveseat
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset TOGO Floor Loveseat
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1752 Bids
Chesterfield Tufted Burgundy Formal Leather Sofa
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Chesterfield Tufted Burgundy Formal Leather Sofa
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$252 Bids
Antique Victorian Walnut Small Sofa
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Victorian Walnut Small Sofa
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
Victorian settee
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian settee
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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GEORGE II STYLE PARCEL GILT OAK SETTEE, 19TH C.
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE II STYLE PARCEL GILT OAK SETTEE, 19TH C.
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2752 Bids
Formal Chippendale Style Sofa
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Formal Chippendale Style Sofa
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
CHESTERFIELD BROWN LEATHER COUCH, NAILHEAD TRIM
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
CHESTERFIELD BROWN LEATHER COUCH, NAILHEAD TRIM
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
4 pieces. 2 Victorian chairs, settee, chase lounge
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
4 pieces. 2 Victorian chairs, settee, chase lounge
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Victorian high arm seat
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian high arm seat
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Two seater Chesterfield lounge, 75cm H, 88cm D, 188cm L approx.
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
Two seater Chesterfield lounge, 75cm H, 88cm D, 188cm L approx.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
A Pair of Faux Leather Upholstered Chesterfield Sofas
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
A Pair of Faux Leather Upholstered Chesterfield Sofas
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERED SETTE LOUIS XV STYLE
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERED SETTE LOUIS XV STYLE
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
A Victorian walnut and cream linen upholstered sofa
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A Victorian walnut and cream linen upholstered sofa
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£5500 Bids
A white upholstered corner sofa
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A white upholstered corner sofa
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£3500 Bids
PR. GEORGE II STYLE UPHOLSTERED & MAHOGANY SOFAS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
PR. GEORGE II STYLE UPHOLSTERED & MAHOGANY SOFAS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7500 Bids
A GEORGE III STYLE MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED SETTEE, with out-scrolled arms
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A GEORGE III STYLE MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED SETTEE, with out-scrolled arms
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £400- £600
£2400 Bids
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED SETTEE, with button back and foliate-c
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED SETTEE, with button back and foliate-c
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £250- £350
£1500 Bids
18TH C. EUROPEAN CARVED CAMEL-BACK SOFA
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
18TH C. EUROPEAN CARVED CAMEL-BACK SOFA
by CRN Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2000 Bids
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GEORGE II STYLE WOOD UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE II STYLE WOOD UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
DIVANO due posti tipologia Chester
Oct 20, 8:00 PM CEST
DIVANO due posti tipologia Chester
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €700- €800
€3000 Bids
A QUEEN ANNE STYLE SCARLET LACQUER AND CHINOISERIE DECORATED TWO SEATER SETTEE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A QUEEN ANNE STYLE SCARLET LACQUER AND CHINOISERIE DECORATED TWO SEATER SETTEE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0000 Bids
A REGENCY ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID DAY BED/CHAISE LONGUE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A REGENCY ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID DAY BED/CHAISE LONGUE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
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George III-Style Mahogany Sofa
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
George III-Style Mahogany Sofa
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Sofas, Couches & Chaises


Apple Tree Auction Center

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