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European Sofas, Couches & Chaises

Because of Europe’s geography, the development of sofas and chaise lounges varied but was usually influenced by stylistic trends from several countries. The Italian Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries ushered in designs inspired by Greco-Roman traditions. During the 17th century, when the Baroque style was popular in Southern and Northern Europe, sofas featured ornate gilded designs.

Beginning in the 18th century, European furniture designs developed more swiftly than before. Some designs, such as those that borrowed from Rococo and Neoclassicism, spread throughout Western Europe. Others were restricted primarily to one nation, such as England's Chesterfield sofa and French monarchical styles.

Twentieth century furniture design was influenced by artistic movements such as Art Deco, De Stijl, and Bauhaus. This furniture was usually simpler in design and sometimes incorporated materials developed during World War II, such as laminated plywood.


Quick Facts

  • A 20th century three-seater Settee designed by Valerian Ryber & Diagre sold at Christie's New York in September 2007 for $10,000
  • An Italian yellow damask upholstered covered three seater sofa, Modern, sold at Sotheby's London in January 2016 for $3,750

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MANIFATTURA ITALIANA - Three seater sofa
Mar 07, 2:00 PM CET
MANIFATTURA ITALIANA - Three seater sofa
by Capitolium Art
Est: €500- €700
€2002 Bids
Swedish Art Nouveau Upholstered Mahogany Sofa
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Swedish Art Nouveau Upholstered Mahogany Sofa
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$3001 Bid
PAINTED SWEDISH SOFA
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
PAINTED SWEDISH SOFA
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
FRENCH GILDED SOFA, SETTEE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
FRENCH GILDED SOFA, SETTEE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1000 Bids
&TRADITION (Denmark) 3-Sitzer Sofa "Mayor AJ5"
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
&TRADITION (Denmark) 3-Sitzer Sofa "Mayor AJ5"
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
Børge Mogensen
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Børge Mogensen
by Svendborg Auktionerne ApS
Est: 2,000 kr- 4,000 kr
2,000 kr0 Bids
JOSEF HOFFMANN, THREE-SEATER SOFA 'CUBUS', 1910
Mar 19, 6:30 PM CET
JOSEF HOFFMANN, THREE-SEATER SOFA 'CUBUS', 1910
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €5,000- €8,000
€4,0000 Bids
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, LC4 chaise lounges, pair
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, LC4 chaise lounges, pair
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
Massimo IOSA GHINI (Né en 1959) Moroso Editeur Modèle « New-t
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CET
Massimo IOSA GHINI (Né en 1959) Moroso Editeur Modèle « New-t
by Osenat
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
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LOHMEYER, HARTMUT, SOFA, 20th century design,
Mar 22, 2:00 PM CET
LOHMEYER, HARTMUT, SOFA, 20th century design,
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €460- €600
€4600 Bids
ALBERTO ROSSELLI, 'CONFIDENTIAL' SOFA, 1972
Mar 19, 3:00 PM CET
ALBERTO ROSSELLI, 'CONFIDENTIAL' SOFA, 1972
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €1,300- €1,800
€1,2000 Bids
Christophe Delcourt, NOS Sofa
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Christophe Delcourt, NOS Sofa
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,0000 Bids
Mario Marenco, Marenco poufs, set of two
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Mario Marenco, Marenco poufs, set of two
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $700- $900
$500 Bids
Paolo Deganello for Cassina Metal and Fabric "AEO" Lounge Seating Group Late 20th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Paolo Deganello for Cassina Metal and Fabric "AEO" Lounge Seating Group Late 20th century
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
MANIFATTURA ITALIANA - Three-seater and two seater
Mar 07, 2:00 PM CET
MANIFATTURA ITALIANA - Three-seater and two seater
by Capitolium Art
Est: €700- €1,000
€3500 Bids
MARIO BELLINI, TWO SOFAS 'LA BAMBOLE', 1972
Mar 19, 3:00 PM CET
MARIO BELLINI, TWO SOFAS 'LA BAMBOLE', 1972
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €9,000- €10,000
€8,0000 Bids
Olivier de SCHRIJVER (Né en 1958) Ode’s Design – Editeur Comme Chez
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CET
Olivier de SCHRIJVER (Né en 1958) Ode’s Design – Editeur Comme Chez
by Osenat
Est: €900- €1,100
€9000 Bids
FRIGERIO LUCIANO (1928 - 1999) - Modular sofa (6 pieces)
Mar 07, 2:00 PM CET
FRIGERIO LUCIANO (1928 - 1999) - Modular sofa (6 pieces)
by Capitolium Art
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€5000 Bids
DESEDE DESIGN TEAM, TWO-SEATER SOFA 'DS 47', 1976
Mar 19, 6:30 PM CET
DESEDE DESIGN TEAM, TWO-SEATER SOFA 'DS 47', 1976
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €2,000- €2,500
€1,8000 Bids
WILLIE LANDELS, 'THROW AWAY' SOFA, 1965
Mar 19, 3:00 PM CET
WILLIE LANDELS, 'THROW AWAY' SOFA, 1965
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €600- €800
€5000 Bids
Liege im Stile des Bauhaus
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Liege im Stile des Bauhaus
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €350- €700
€3500 Bids
BELLINI MARIO (n. 1935) - Two Stradivani sofas for Meritalia, Como
Mar 07, 2:00 PM CET
BELLINI MARIO (n. 1935) - Two Stradivani sofas for Meritalia, Como
by Capitolium Art
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€5000 Bids

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Svendborg Auktionerne ApS

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