Chesterfield Sofa History

Chesterfield sofa isn’t just a namesake of furniture! It has a classic history that makes it more luxurious.

Origins

Many beliefs and opinions existed for classic “Chesterfield”. According to Oxford Dictionary, Chesterfield named after the 19th-century Earl of Chesterfield. Lord Phillip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was an admired British politician and man of letters. He requested a local craftsman to build settee that would allow sitting upright with giving comfort that can’t also crease the clothing.   Although there hasn’t been any solid confirmation of this antique piece.

Lord Chesterfield

On the day March 24th, 1773 when Lord Phillip Stanhope passed away, his last words “Give Mr. Dayrolles a chair” were directed to his butler.  Mr.Dayrolles appreciate that his godfather gave him a chair.  He carried the heavy chair back home; He had a proper look at the magnificent chair that has rich brown leather, adorned with large and deeply set buttons. His friends and acquaintances admired the armchair and many ordered its copies.

Chesterfield retained its unique charm over the years but remained firmly ensconced in the British Royal Clubs for a long time. All of its successive models such as sofas, armchairs, lounges, settees etc are being served as original over centuries.

Characteristics

  • Deep buttoned upholstery on Back, arms and seat rail
  • Large rolled arms
  • Back and the arms have same height
  • Arm height and nail head trim
  • Upholstered with leather or fabric
  • Individual seat coil sitting cushions
  • Bun, turned, or fluted caster feet

 The Chesterfield Sofa Today

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Chesterfield sofa will remain forever for its class and style with being recognized as the timeless piece of furniture.

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