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(Above photo - Chesterfield Sofa )
A Chesterfield sofa can be a great addition to your home décor. It is designed with an upright back and high arms. This type of sofa is named after the Earl of Chesterfield, who commissioned it in the 18th century. He wanted to have a couch where a gentleman could sit without worrying about his suit getting wrinkled. Even though the style is 300 years old, it is still a popular addition in homes across the world.
The sofas usually feature upholstery in the form of dark brown leather. In terms of design, the couch has high arms and tufted detailing on the leatherback. It was first used in aristocratic businesses, tony businesses, and gentlemen’s clubs. Nowadays, you can find it in homes all over the world.
What Is a Chesterfield Sofa?
(Above photo - Leather Chesterfield Sofa - Antique Couch Deep Button Settee )
You may define a Chesterfield sofa based on the first thing that strikes you about it. In simple terms, a Chesterfield sofa is a massive couch with curved arms at the same level as the back. Initially, the sofa featured a dark brown leather upholstery. It also has a nailhead trim and intricate button tufting. Today, the couch could be made from other types of upholstery, such as velvet and so on. The legs may stand taller than before with slimmer arms and back.
History of the Chesterfield Sofa
To reiterate, the chair was first commissioned by the Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Philip Stanhope, in the mid-18th century. From the first piece of furniture made at that time, the style has grown in popularity, with various variations springing up.
Lord Stanhope was an astute politician and writer. In many ways, he was a trendsetter. He wasn’t contented with things as they were. His quest to maintain a gentlemanly mien led him to request for a chair in which he could sit upright and avoid wrinkling his suit.
(Above photo - Victorian Chesterfield Settee Deep Button Couch )
According to legend, Lord Stanhope, while on his deathbed, asked his butler to give a chair to his godson. The name of the godson was Dayrolles. After receiving the prototype of the Chesterfield chair, Mr. Dayrolles popularized it by showing it off to his houseguests. With time, the popularity of the sofa grew with replicas appearing all over England. However, it was during the reign of Queen Victoria – there was more emphasis on comfortability – when the chair became an international phenomenon.
In the 19th century, the first coiled springs were used on sofas to make them more comfortable. Most chairs had horsehair stuffing that needed button tufting to tame. The Chesterfield sofa continued to feature leather or velvet upholstery.
(Above photo - XL Antique Chesterfield Sofa Couch Deep Button Leather )
From the early days, the sofa was a symbol of luxurious, comfortable living. It was quickly adopted by the English aristocracy, businesses, and homeowners. The Chesterfield sofa was so popular that the English middle class could no longer overlook it. That is as true today as it was during that time. The couch is so classic that it remains in high demand today. No other chair deserves to be called a timeless classic. The designs may change, but the style remains the same.
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