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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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Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
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Swedish Neoclassical Painted Settee
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Swedish Neoclassical Painted Settee
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Est: $3,000- $5,000
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Oct 30, 2:00 PM CEST
PAS WILFRIED
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Est: €30- €100
€151 Bid
A DANISH SOFA CIRCA 1950
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
A DANISH SOFA CIRCA 1950
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2501 Bid
Italian Modern White Flap and Chrome Chaise Lounge
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
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Est: $100- $1,000
$251 Bid
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Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
CONTINENTAL BAROQUE STYLE WALNUT HALL SETTEE
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Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
MERIDIENNE - MERIDIENNE
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Est: €0- €0
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Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair Gothic or Gothic Style Carved Oak Wall Brackets
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Est: $400- $600
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Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
French Louis XVI Style Blue and Gold Silk Settee
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Est: $750- $1,250
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PICCOLO DIVANO - SMALL SOFA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
PICCOLO DIVANO - SMALL SOFA
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Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
DIVANO - SOFA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
DIVANO - SOFA
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
DIVANO - SOFA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
DIVANO - SOFA
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
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Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
POLTRONA BERGÈRE - BERGÈRE
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
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SOFA E PAIO DI POLTRONE XIX-XX SECOLO - SOFA AND A PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS 19TH-20TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
SOFA E PAIO DI POLTRONE XIX-XX SECOLO - SOFA AND A PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS 19TH-20TH CENTURY
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Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
AFTER LE CORBUSIER SOFA, MODERN
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Est: £300- £400
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Pierre Paulin 2-Seat ABCD Sofa for Artifort 1 of 2
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Pierre Paulin 2-Seat ABCD Sofa for Artifort 1 of 2
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$6000 Bids
Pierre Paulin 2-Seat ABCD Sofa for Artifort 2 of 2
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
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$6000 Bids
FRENCH MID CENTURY MODERN RATTAN CURVED BACK SETT
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
FRENCH MID CENTURY MODERN RATTAN CURVED BACK SETT
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4000 Bids
PAINTED FRENCH SOFA LOOSE CUSHION UPHOLSTERY 1890
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
PAINTED FRENCH SOFA LOOSE CUSHION UPHOLSTERY 1890
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$7500 Bids
AN UPHOLSTERED SETTEE IN THE MANNER OF JANSEN
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
AN UPHOLSTERED SETTEE IN THE MANNER OF JANSEN
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$3000 Bids
MID CENTURY MODERN ITALIAN UPHOLSTERED SOFA
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
MID CENTURY MODERN ITALIAN UPHOLSTERED SOFA
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
A FRENCH ART DECO SETTEE CIRCA 1935.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
A FRENCH ART DECO SETTEE CIRCA 1935.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$4750 Bids
FRENCH ART DECO ROSEWOOD SOFA BY PAUL FOLLOT 1925
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
FRENCH ART DECO ROSEWOOD SOFA BY PAUL FOLLOT 1925
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$5000 Bids

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