Adding an elegant focal point to your space, antique and vintage chairs, sofas, and lounges exhibit both highly-skilled craftsmanship and timeless design that are harder to replicate. The eclectic collection of vintage and antique chairs, and sofas for sale on Bidsquare ranges from plush 17th Century 4-seaters, right through to mid-modern classics of the 20th century that attracts a truly global audience.
With a silhouette that began as a symbol of authority, the chair has been symbolic of authority for centuries, reserved for people in high positions. It wasn't until the 16th century that chairs became popular in Europe. Prior to that, people sat primarily on benches and stools. The chair began to lose its stately connotations after the renaissance era and became a fashionable piece of furniture among those who could afford them.
Antique chairs are rare treasures with an interesting story behind them. Reviving old styles became à la mode in France in the 19th century. The exceptional elegance of antique chairs became an emblem of intricate techniques, including carving, marquetry, gilding, and veneering in high-quality woods like mahogany, walnut, and oak practiced by French master craftsmen of the period.
The long history of chairs and sofas - dating back to the ancient Egyptian and Roman eras - is a true testament to their unique blend of comfort and style. Popular during the 17th and 18th centuries, the settee or loveseat with its extra-wide seat allowed enough space for a woman and her dress involving elaborate fabric and design, to sit comfortably. In the late 18th century, the Swedish Gustavian style - popularised by King Gustav III - was a sought-after design. Characterized by white-washed wood with intricately carved detailing, Gustavian sofas show the strong influence of the neoclassical style.
The perennial Chesterfield sofa, which according to legend was commissioned by the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope (1694-1773), has arms and backs of equal heights, though design lovers consider deeply buttoned leather upholstery and rolled arms sofas as the true qualities of Chesterfield. The 19th century witnessed a proliferation of the Chesterfield sofa across London, becoming an enduring representation of British, Victorian style. These handmade antique sofas are timeless masterpieces that are marked by eclectic historical references.
Sophisticated and stylish, antique and vintage lounge chairs have been perennially popular among buyers, bringing as much joy and satisfaction as they did centuries back. Soft and generous in size, lounge chairs are more suited for relaxing in or giving an intimate and cozy place to while away your time.
Bidsquare online auctions are a great place to buy vintage and antique chairs whether you are looking for a vintage Lounge Chair, Rocking Chair, Chippendale Chair, Oak Settle, Patio Chair, Serpentine Sofa, Chaise Lounge, or Chinese Chair, among others, each having a certain je ne sais quoi. All the antique and vintage chairs featured were handcrafted by skilled craftsmen and are of heirloom quality. These furniture pieces are sure to compliment your style, adding luxury and grandeur to any room.