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Antique settees, also known as antique sofas were extended versions of armchairs from the period. Most were upholstered or like Chippendale examples had wooden backs in two to four sections, repeating the single chair back. It was from around 1770 when the first fully upholstered Georgian chair / settee appeared. From this, cabinet makers experimented and produced the Regency couch or day bed and then this lead onto the exuberantly carved Victorian Chaise-Longue. The Antique Chaise Longue was made to fit in a drawing room or at the end of a bed with only one curved arm so you could lay along the whole body of the chair. The Victorian period also produced the large heavy buttoned back chesterfield settee sometimes in leather upholstery. Victorian seating was designed for comfort so during this period antique settees are usually well padded with often comfortable loose cushions and had coiled springs in their construction. Fabrics used, were anything from tapestry to weaved. With modern homes, many are re-upholstered to a more neutral fabric to make them more suitable for today’s interiors. Have a look below at some of our beautiful antique chairs for sale along with good examples of antique settees below.
Below are a few examples of previously sold settees but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
This Fine Quality Victorian Walnut Antique Small Settee has the original tapestry upholstery along with beautiful decorative carved back.
This Beautiful Edwardian Upholstered Antique Sofa / Settee in the Chesterfield design and was upholstered in a grey velvet material.
This Regency Mahogany Sofa has scrolled arms, beautiful floral carvings, stands on four splayed legs with lion paw feet and has two bolster cushions