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19th Century Italian Sofa
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Hand carved, solid walnut, flared-arm sofa from Florence, Italy. The serpentine top rail, splayed arms, and elegant apron are filled with foliate reliefs.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Sofas

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Cotton, Walnut

  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
H 38 in. W 81 in. D 24 in.
Beautifully Carved, Mid-19th Century, Italian Sofa
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Hand-carved, three-seat, straight-back, Northern Italian, walnut sofa. The top rail features foliate drapery swags on the corners and a central, relief carving of a flower and leaves...
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Antique 1860s Italian Sofas

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Cotton, Walnut

19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully carved sofa with original cream and yellow paint finish. Rococo detailing. New upholstery.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofas

  • 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa
H 42 in. W 84 in. D 34 in.
Italian Walnut Sofa from the 19th Century
Located in London, GB
Italian sofa from the late 19th century. Furniture finely carved in walnut wood adorned with side masks of great pleasure. Sofa upholstered in non-original fabric, with some signs of...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Walnut

  • Italian Walnut Sofa from the 19th Century
  • Italian Walnut Sofa from the 19th Century
  • Italian Walnut Sofa from the 19th Century
  • Italian Walnut Sofa from the 19th Century
H 43.71 in. W 64.18 in. D 30.71 in.
Early 19th Century Italian Lions Head Sofa
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Early 19th century Italian cherrywood sofa with gilt lion's head carvings. Very stylish design. Stripped back to it's original hessian and prepared for upholstery.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Cherry, Giltwood

  • Early 19th Century Italian Lions Head Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Lions Head Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Lions Head Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Lions Head Sofa
H 33.86 in. W 86.23 in. D 21.26 in.
19th Century Walnut Wood White Fabric Italian Sofa Couch, 1880
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian sofa from the late 19th century. Finely carved furniture in walnut wood adorned with very pleasant side masks. Sofa covered in non-original fabric, with some signs of wear (s...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Louis Philippe Three-Seat Sofa, Walnut, Italy, 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Long three-piece sofa with curved backrest in walnut veneer, standing on volute feet. The sofa has been newly upholstered.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Sofas

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Walnut

19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
Located in Charleston, SC
Beautiful 19th century Venetian walnut sofa dressed in original muslin and burlap ready for your choice of upholstery fabric. Carved walnut frame has traces of original parcel gildin...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Venetian Walnut Sofa
H 41 in. W 86.5 in. D 27 in.
Rare Early 19th Century Italian Louis XV Gilt Carved Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 19th century Italian Louis XV gilt carved sofa. Beautifully carved with original gilding. Covered in a cream upholstery with floral detail.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Louis XV Sofas

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Giltwood

19th Century Italian Circular Sofa Re Upholstered in Grey Velvet
Located in Brussels, BE
19th C. Italian circular sofa - re-upholstered in grey velvet.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Napoleon III Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

19th Century Empire Walnut Italian Sofa Paolina Dormeuse, 1800s
Located in Roma, RM
Dormeuse or Paolina, central Italy, early 19th century, in walnut wood. Imposing in its dimensions but at the same time it remains well-proportioned and sinuous in its forms. Six leg...
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Antique Early 1800s Italian Empire Sofas

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Luigi Filippo Sofa, ebonized carved walnut Re-Upholstered
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Code: FL34 Antique Italian Luigi Filippo ebonized carved walnut couch sofa with current tapestry of the 1950s, has been cleaned and sanitized. Sold as is in good condition. Ask for ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Hand-Carved, 19th Century, Venetian Sofa
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Beautifully carved and painted, serpentine Venetian sofa embellished with flowers throughout. The top-rail features a relief-carved vase overflowing with a tumble of blossoms. Uphols...
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Antique 1820s Italian Sofas

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Wood, Wood, Cotton

  • Hand-Carved, 19th Century, Venetian Sofa
  • Hand-Carved, 19th Century, Venetian Sofa
  • Hand-Carved, 19th Century, Venetian Sofa
  • Hand-Carved, 19th Century, Venetian Sofa
H 46.75 in. W 80 in. D 23 in.
Mid-19th Century Empire Venetian Sofa Attributable Valentino Panciera Besarel
By Valentino Besarel
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Precious mid-19th century Empire Venetian sofa attributable to Valentino Panciera Besarel in hand-carved walnut, restored and finished to wax. Coated with precious original Venetian ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Empire Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Last 19th Century Sofa & Armchairs Carved Walnut by Testolini Salviati, Venice
By Testolini & Salviati
Located in Vigonza, Padua
They can be sold separately Performed restorative conservation and remake upholstery Measure sofa in cm: H85\47 L148 D57 Measure armchairs in cm: H85\47 L57 D57 "From OADI, observ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Art Nouveau Sofas

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Walnut

19th Century Venetian Baroque Sofa, Settee, good Upholstery, Hand-Carved walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Code: FH59 Venetian 19th century Baroque settee, sofa with upholstery period 2000s in excellent condition, hand-carved walnut frame . For new custom upholstery 1200 euros
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Baroque Revival Sofas

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Walnut

19th Century Gilded and Painted Grey Venetian Sofa with Red Velvet Upholstery
Located in Miami, FL
Italian sofa in the Venetian style painted with a light grey patina (original color) on a walnut frame. Flowers and vegetal carvings all around the front part of the frame. Entirel...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Baroque Sofas

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Velvet, Fruitwood, Walnut

Italian 19th Century Ornately Carved Seat, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
Ornately carved 19th century neoclassical / Rococo style seat. With a white and gold wooden frame and delicate painted floral detailing. The seat back is upholstered in a gold damask...
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Antique 19th Century European Sofas

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Wood

19th c. Tufted Sofa with gold leaf/Iron Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
You can literally smell the roses on this sublime sofa. Deep enough to sit and swill.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

Italian 19th c. Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Just restored and reupholstered. Great for any entry, bedroom, etc...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Walnut

  • Italian 19th c. Bench
  • Italian 19th c. Bench
  • Italian 19th c. Bench
  • Italian 19th c. Bench
H 37.5 in. W 72 in. D 21 in.
20th Century Giltwood and Blue Velvet Italian Sofa, 1880
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian sofa from the late 19th century. High quality carved and gilded wooden furniture covered in velvet with some signs of wear. Beautiful line sofa of pleasant decor ideal to be ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Antique Settee
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique settee 1825s in full Charles X era. The settee is made of solid walnut hand carved. Refined damask fabric in shades of blue. Excellent antique good conditions of the wood and...
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Antique 1820s Italian Charles X Sofas

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Antique Settee
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique settee 1825s in full Charles X era. The settee is made of solid walnut hand carved. Refined fabric in the style of Missoni. Excellent antique good conditions of the wood and ...
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Antique 1820s Italian Charles X Sofas

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Walnut

Italian Settee Sofa with Gilt Finish
Located in Dallas, TX
Italian settee, circa 1810. Cabriole legs and back detailed with hand carved acanthus leaves. Original paint and gilt finish. Newly upholstered.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Wood

  • Italian Settee Sofa with Gilt Finish
  • Italian Settee Sofa with Gilt Finish
  • Italian Settee Sofa with Gilt Finish
  • Italian Settee Sofa with Gilt Finish
H 38 in. W 77 in. D 26.5 in.
Stunning Painted and Parcel-Gilt Italian Sofa
Located in Chicago, IL
With its fluid lines painted and gilded, the frame of this lovely sofa has a wonderful patina. Upholstered in a celadon floral damask with down cushions.
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Walnut

Baroque Style Giltwood and Upholstery Italian Sofa with Classical Motifs
Located in London, GB
Produced in Italy circa 1870, this wonderful sofa exemplifies the expressiveness of the baroque while alluding to Classical antiquity with its themes of the bacchanalia. The upholste...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Baroque Sofas

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Giltwood, Upholstery

19th Century Italian Louis XVI Style Lacquered Living Room Set or Salon Suite
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Rare complete Italian luxury Louis XVI style living room set includes: 1 large sofa 2 armchairs 4 chairs Refined living room set in lacquared wood. The living room comes from an ...
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Antique 1880s Italian Louis XVI Sofas

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Wood

19th Century Lombardy Louis XV Style Center Table
Located in Encinitas, CA
Lombardy style center table in walnut with four curved legs and ebony profiles. Wonderful modern line, clean and elegant. (Measures: 47" wide 23.5" deep 32" high).
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Antique 19th Century Italian Louis XV Sofa Tables

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Walnut

19th Century Tuscan Walnut Table with Shaped Wooden Stretchers
Located in Dallas, TX
From the 19th Century, this table from Tuscany has a top with arched corners and a wonderful shaped wooden stretcher. There are C and S scroll shapes throughout the design of the leg...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofa Tables

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Walnut

Scandinavian Midcentury Sofa from 1960s
Located in bari, IT
Scandinavian design teak sofa from the 1960s.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Teak

  • Scandinavian Midcentury Sofa from 1960s
  • Scandinavian Midcentury Sofa from 1960s
  • Scandinavian Midcentury Sofa from 1960s
  • Scandinavian Midcentury Sofa from 1960s
H 27.17 in. W 72.05 in. D 27.56 in.
"Cannaregio” Sofa by Gaetano Pesce, Produced by Cassina, 1987
By Cassina, Gaetano Pesce
Located in Melbourne, VIC
Special Edition sofa “Cannaregio” for Magasin Du Jardin. This piece is in its original leather upholstery and the frame and base is made of timber. Produced by Cassina 1987, Italy.  
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

1800s Venetian Sofa Valentino Besarel Attributable, Hand-Carved Walnut
By Valentino Besarel
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Elegant 19th century Venetian sofa, Valentino Besarel attributable, restored, wax-polished, in hand-carved walnut restored with light green temporary upholstery. We can customized t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Louis XV Sofas

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Walnut, Fabric

An Important Italian Neoclassical Painted & Parcel Gilt Canapé
Located in Sheffield, MA
An Important Italian Neoclassical Painted & Parcel Gilt Canapé First Quarter 19th Century Lombardy, Italy The back rest with paneled top rail decorated with swans flanking a fo...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

Pair of Italian Painted 1930s Side Tables with Mirrored Tops
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Italian painted 1930s side table with antique mirrored tops. The tripod shaped bases stand on three legs and have carved cherubs throughout. Wonderful distressed finish with ...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Rococo Sofa Tables

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Mirror, Wood, Paint

Late 19th Century Lacquered Wood Italian Love Sofa
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An antique small love seat used for conversations. Fruitwood has been lacquered, fabric must been upholstered.
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Antique Late 19th Century Sicilian Louis Philippe Loveseats

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Fruitwood

Italian 19th Century Mahogany Swan Neck Sofa or Chais Longues, Tuscany, 1820
Located in Rome, IT
A fine Tuscany mahogany swan neck sofa The front side of the curved arm ends on carved swan, The settee rests on four lion paw feet. Upholstery in a very good condition.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Charles X Chaise Longues

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Mahogany

Italian 19th Century Mahogany Swan Neck Sofa or Chaise Longues Tuscany, 1820
Located in Rome, IT
A fine tuscany mahogany swan neck sofa The front side of the curved arm ends on carved swan, The settee rests on four lion paw feet. Upholstery in a very good condition.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Charles X Chaise Longues

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Mahogany

Italian 19th century Mahogany Swan Neck Sofa or Chais Longues Tuscany 1820
Located in Rome, IT
A fine tuscany mahogany Swan neck sofa The front side of the curved arm ends on carved swan, The settee rests on four lion paw feet. Upholstery in a very good condition.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Charles X Chaise Longues

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Mahogany

Antique Living Room Set, Sofa and Two Armchairs, 19th Century, Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Antique living room set consisting of a small sofa and two armchairs, with wavy carved walnut frames, and light (beige) authentic fabric with floral designs, in good condition. Made...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Living Room Sets

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Louis XVI Walnut Settees Sofa, 1799
Located in Roma, RM
Italian sofa, from Tuscany, walnut wood, Louis XVI era, late 18th century. Sofa pleasant size, with slightly wavy shapes that bring us back to the Louis XV style, but at the same ti...
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Antique 1790s European Louis XVI Settees

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Walnut

Italian 19th Century Gilt Living Room Suite with a Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary and finely carved five piece suite comprising of one sofa, two armchairs and two single chairs with original gilding. It's part of an eleven piece s salon set pub...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Louis XV Living Room Sets

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Giltwood

Italian 19th Century Gilt Living Room Suite with a Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary and finely carved five piece suite comprising of one sofa, two armchairs and two single chairs with original gilding. It's part of an eleven piece s salon set pub...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Louis XV Living Room Sets

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Giltwood

Italian 19th Century Gilt Living Room Suite with a Sofà and Pair of Armchairs
Located in Rome, IT
This extraordinary and finely carved five piece suite comprising of one sofa, two armchairs and two single chairs with original gilding. It's part of an eleven piece s salon set pub...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Louis XV Living Room Sets

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Giltwood

Italian Shaped Light Walnut Side or Sofa Table Third Quarter of the 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Possessing elements of the early Aesthetic movement, having a rectangular top with raised iron nails above a shaped apron, the trestle supports with decorative pattern near bottom, j...
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Antique 1870s Italian Aesthetic Movement Side Tables

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Walnut

Italian Settee Sofa 8-Legged Wood Carved
Located in Dallas, TX
Large Régence period Provençal settee. Hand carved cabriole legs with scrollwork and hoof feet. Original finish.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Settees

  • Italian Settee Sofa 8-Legged Wood Carved
  • Italian Settee Sofa 8-Legged Wood Carved
  • Italian Settee Sofa 8-Legged Wood Carved
  • Italian Settee Sofa 8-Legged Wood Carved
H 46 in. W 68 in. D 34.5 in.
Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
Located in Milano, IT
A living room composed of a sofa and a pair of armchairs. Carved, lacquered and gilded walnut, serpentine lines, Late Baroque taste. Curly carvings with leaves and typical medallions...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Baroque Revival Living Room Sets

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Walnut

  • Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
  • Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
  • Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
  • Sofa and Pair of Armchairs
H 30.71 in. W 63.39 in. D 45.67 in.
Antique Chinoiserie Decorated Venetian Gondola Sofa Settee
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Antique chinoiserie decorated Venetian gondola sofa settee.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Regency Settees

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Wood

1800s Florentine Renaissance Sofa & Pair Dante Chairs Carved ebonozed Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Antique pair of Dante chairs and sofa in solid ebonized walnut hand carved and shaped , from 19th century. Florentine Renaissance. Period: 19th century Material: solid walnut hand-...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Settees

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Sofa
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
19th century Italian sofa with original gilding and paint with wonderfully carved lion's head decoration.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Giltwood, Paint

  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Sofa
H 42.92 in. W 66.54 in. D 27.96 in.
Grand Scale Late 19th Century Italian Sofa
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Grand scale late 19th century Italian sofa in original paint and gilt finish
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

  • Grand Scale Late 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • Grand Scale Late 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • Grand Scale Late 19th Century Italian Sofa
  • Grand Scale Late 19th Century Italian Sofa
H 33.86 in. W 81.11 in. D 34.26 in.
19th Century Italian Sofa in Rosewood and Gold Decorations
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique Italian sofa in precious rosewood with refined gilded carvings with gold leaf. Large size and ample and comfortable seat. Very elegant, perfect for a refined home. The sofa ...
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Antique 1880s Italian Sofas

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Rosewood

Early 19th Century Italian Fruitwood Sofa
Located in Palm Beach, FL
A fruitwood neoclassical Italian sofa, with carved details, and elegant proportions.<br /> <br /> Please visit our website at www.fshenemaderantiques.com .
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

  • Early 19th Century Italian Fruitwood Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Fruitwood Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Fruitwood Sofa
  • Early 19th Century Italian Fruitwood Sofa
H 30.5 in. W 75 in. D 24 in.
Mahogany Sofa, Italy, Early 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
This mahogany sofa is a furniture piece realized in Italy (Naples) during the first years of the 19th century. This refined Smith sofa is realized in mahogany wood with red inlays...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Wood

  • Mahogany Sofa, Italy, Early 19th Century
  • Mahogany Sofa, Italy, Early 19th Century
  • Mahogany Sofa, Italy, Early 19th Century
  • Mahogany Sofa, Italy, Early 19th Century
H 37.8 in. W 81.89 in. L 37.8 in.
Three-Seat Gilded Sofa, Italy, 19th Century
Located in Milano, IT
Three-seat finely carved sofa with serpentine legs and open arms. Padded back and seat. The wooden structure is completely gilded. Manufactured in Italy, mid-19th century.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Other Sofas

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Wood

  • Three-Seat Gilded Sofa, Italy, 19th Century
  • Three-Seat Gilded Sofa, Italy, 19th Century
  • Three-Seat Gilded Sofa, Italy, 19th Century
  • Three-Seat Gilded Sofa, Italy, 19th Century
H 43.12 in. W 75.01 in. D 26.97 in.
Rare 19th Century Savonarola Dantesca Italian Walnut Sofa
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Here we have a rare and stunning sofa that matches a pair of throne chairs we are also selling. Heavily carved pierced ornate carving and pierced carved florals and swags joining...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

19th Century Italian Neoclassical Sofa with Painted Decoration
Located in Buchanan, MI
Handsome 19th century Italian neoclassical sofa with painted decoration. Celadon stripped silk upholstery.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Sofas

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Silk, Wood

19th Century Green Lacquered Painted and Giltwood Italian Sofa, 1880
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
19th century Italian sofa. Furniture in carved, gilded, lacquered and hand painted wood with very pleasant floral decorations. Not original gilding, lacquering and painting taken in ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Cane, Wood, Wood, Wood

19th C. Carved Italian Burlap Upholstered Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century carved Italian sofa newly upholstered in burlap textile. The sofa had a washed finish with remnants of paint throughout the frame.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Paint, Burlap, Wood

19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Sofa
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique Italian sofa in precious carved walnut wood with refined small inlay on the front in the armrests. Large size and ample and comfortable seat. Very elegant, perfect for a refi...
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Antique 1820s Italian Charles X Sofas

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Rosewood

  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Carved Walnut Sofa
H 48.82 in. W 78.75 in. D 26.38 in.
19th Century Italian Charles X Walnut Veneer Sofa
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Refined sofa 19th century circa 1825 Charles X. Important work to walnut veneer. Used good condition.  
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Antique 1820s Italian Charles X Sofas

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Walnut, Fabric

  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Walnut Veneer Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Walnut Veneer Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Walnut Veneer Sofa
  • 19th Century Italian Charles X Walnut Veneer Sofa
H 38.59 in. W 86.62 in. D 26.38 in.
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19th Century Italian Sofa For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal 19th century Italian sofa for your home. Frequently made of wood, walnut and fabric, every 19th century Italian sofa was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a 19th century Italian sofa — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 19th Century. A 19th century Italian sofa, designed in the Louis XV, Baroque or Empire style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made 19th century Italian sofa over the years, but those crafted by Cassina, Gaetano Pesce and Testolini & Salviati are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a 19th Century Italian Sofa?

The average selling price for a 19th century Italian sofa at 1stDibs is $7,500, while they’re typically $890 on the low end and $99,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.