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Bench Iron Gold Leaf by Pier Luigi Colli, Italy, 1950s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Very fine model of bench by Pier Luigi Colli. Hammered wrought iron and gold leaf . Fully upholstered with a lamb wool and cashmere wool fabric by Bisson Bruneel. The stools and cons...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf

Tommi Parzinger Gold Leaf Iron Bench Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This stunning Hollywood Regency inspired Mid-Century Modern Tommi Parzinger gold leafed iron bench has been totally restored. It has been newly upholstered in a white cut velvet scul...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Set of 3 Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Benches For Heritage Henredon
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of three Dorothy Draper Espana Collection benches. These first appeared in 1955 as part of Draper's Espana Collection from Heritage /Henredon. They have been restored with fresh ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass, Gold Leaf

French 1940s Gilbert Poillerat Wrought Gilt Iron Large Bench / Stool / Ottoman
Located in Barcelona, ES
Stylish Neo-Baroque hand-hammered iron bench with looped feet in the style of Gilbert Poillerat, France, 1940s. This bench has a seat with its original vintage fringed upholstery. I...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf, Iron

Spanish Gilt Wrought Iron Bench or Stool with Arms and Red Velvet Upholstery
Located in Barcelona, ES
Sculptural hand forged iron stool with arms upholstered in burgundy red velvet, Spain, 1920s-1930s. This gorgeous two handled bench is beautifully constructed in hand forged iron fi...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Gothic Revival Benches

Materials

Iron, Iron, Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf

French Directoire Style Giltwood Window Bench Seat
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Magnificent French giltwood window bench seat featuring copper lined jardinieres or planters on each end. Made in the directoire taste with subtle Louis XVI and French Empire neoclas...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Benches

Materials

Copper, Gold Leaf

20thCentury Italian Wooden Gold Leaf and Vevet Slim Hallway Entrance Settee Sofa
Located in Carimate, Como
A beautiful and sleek Italian wooden settee, produced in late 1980s-1990s, of Fine quality with excellent profile carvings and gold leaf detail decors, this is a great hallway sofa o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Revival Settees

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Gold Leaf

Gilt Wood Pink Velvet Tufted Benches, Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of French style giltwood benches standing on four cabriole shaped legs that are connected by a bottom stretcher. The benches are upholstered in a beautiful pink tufted velvet an...
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Late 20th Century French Rococo Benches

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Gold Leaf

Italian 22-Karat Gold Leaf Carved Wood Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian 22-karat gold leaf carved wood bench newly upholstered with printed velvet fabric. Not antique.
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Late 20th Century Italian Benches

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Gold Leaf

French Design Gold Leaf Sofa Bench
Located in Carimate, Como
Fashionable shape, French design hand-carved wooden sofa bench, settee with golden leaf finishing. Manufactured by Mice di Domenico Rugiano
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Late 20th Century Italian Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • French Design Gold Leaf Sofa Bench
  • French Design Gold Leaf Sofa Bench
  • French Design Gold Leaf Sofa Bench
  • French Design Gold Leaf Sofa Bench
H 39.38 in. W 51.19 in. D 26.38 in.
Gold Leaf Black Upholstery Hollywood Regency Window Bench
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency black upholstery window bench.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Renaissance Style Giltwood Bench
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Renaissance style giltwood bench, circa 1920. This bench has excellent quality gilding, carved cupid heads, gargoyle faces and paw feet.
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Vintage 1920s European Renaissance Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Renaissance Style Giltwood Bench
  • Renaissance Style Giltwood Bench
  • Renaissance Style Giltwood Bench
  • Renaissance Style Giltwood Bench
H 28.5 in. W 36.5 in. D 18 in.
20th c. English Regency Style Giltwood Bench
Located in New York, NY
Twentieth century English Regency style giltwood bench with fluted apron and curved legs beneath rectangular green damask seat
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20th Century British Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

A Pair of Red Lacquered and Gilded Chinoiserie Tabourets
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of red lacquered and gilded chinoserie tabourets.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Vintage Steel Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage steel bench/ottoman with old gilding showing through and upholstered in red velvet.
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Early 20th Century French Benches

Materials

Steel, Gold Leaf

  • Vintage Steel Bench
  • Vintage Steel Bench
  • Vintage Steel Bench
  • Vintage Steel Bench
H 17 in. W 22 in. D 17 in.
Pair of French Louis XV Style Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of French Louis XV style gilt wood carved benches newly upholstered in burlap textile with self cording.
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Early 20th Century French Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Pair of French Louis XV Style Benches
  • Pair of French Louis XV Style Benches
  • Pair of French Louis XV Style Benches
  • Pair of French Louis XV Style Benches
H 18 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Italian Neoclassical Style Carved Daybed Bench
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Monumental Italian daybed or bench featuring a neoclassical style carved frame. The large frame has scrolled handles on each end and is decorated on each side with a fluted carving h...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Daybeds

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Spanish Vintage Gold Leafed Iron Benches
Located in Austin, TX
Mid-20th century neo-Baroque style benches from Spain. The frame is hammered forged wrought iron with a gorgeous gold leaf finish, beautifully upholstered with sea foam blue velvet f...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Baroque Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Wrought Iron

  • Pair of Spanish Vintage Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Vintage Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Vintage Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Vintage Gold Leafed Iron Benches
H 19 in. W 27.25 in. D 15.75 in.
Art Deco Gold Leaf Forged Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Art Deco period Spanish bench of forged iron finished with gold leaf. The cushioned seat is upholstered in a golden colored cow hide leather. A charming piece suitable for any interior.
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Art Deco Benches

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Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Art Deco Gold Leaf Forged Iron Bench
  • Art Deco Gold Leaf Forged Iron Bench
  • Art Deco Gold Leaf Forged Iron Bench
  • Art Deco Gold Leaf Forged Iron Bench
H 20 in. W 26 in. D 15.5 in.
Spanish Art Deco Period Gold Leaf Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage Spanish Art Deco period bench in forged iron finished with gold leaf. Seat is upholstered in muslin fabric. Great classic lines, we loved the hand-hammered work and the Curul...
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Art Deco Benches

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Gold Leaf, Iron

  • Spanish Art Deco Period Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Art Deco Period Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Art Deco Period Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Art Deco Period Gold Leaf Iron Bench
H 19.25 in. W 26.25 in. D 17.25 in.
Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
Located in Austin, TX
Lovely pair of vintage Spanish hand hammered, forged iron benches with original gold leafing.
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Early 20th Century Spanish Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
H 20 in. W 20.75 in. D 13 in.
Grand Italian Carved Giltwood Bench C. 1920
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Massive carved gold leaf bench upholstered in mohair. Six scrolled feet are spanned by a double stretcher. Around the base of the bench there is a repeated shell motif flanked with...
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Early 20th Century Italian Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Italian Gold Leaf Tassel Benches
Located in Hudson, NY
a charming pair of Italian Gold Leaf X form benches, with scrolled arms and rope & tassels. beautiful and versatile.
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20th Century Italian Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
Located in Austin, TX
Beautiful pair of Spanish Art Deco period gold leafed, hand hammered forged iron benches with woven cotton upholstery.
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
H 18.5 in. W 23.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Silver/Gold Leaf Wood and Upholstered Hollywood Regency Ram's Bench/ SALE
Located in North Miami, FL
This dramatic Hollywood Regency asymmetrical wood bench has the original silver leaf over the word with a slight gold wash. It has been re-upholstered in a white textural linen/cotto...
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

A Cast Metal Regency Style Bench
Located in Hudson, NY
This Regency style bench from Florentine Craftsmen was adapted from a regency period form. The Bench is actually very comfortable and conforms to the shape of a persons back and seat...
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Vintage 1950s American Benches

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

  • A Cast Metal Regency  Style Bench
  • A Cast Metal Regency  Style Bench
  • A Cast Metal Regency  Style Bench
  • A Cast Metal Regency  Style Bench
H 32 inchest tall at back in. W 42 inches long in. D 21 inches deep in.
1960s Gold Leaf Bench
Located in New York City, NY
1960 gold leaf Hollywood Regency wood bench.
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • 1960s Gold Leaf Bench
  • 1960s Gold Leaf Bench
  • 1960s Gold Leaf Bench
  • 1960s Gold Leaf Bench
H 36 in. W 31.5 in. D 15 in.
Italian Neoclassical Style Painted and Parcel-Gilt Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian neoclassical style painted and parcel-gilt stool standing on four straight fluted legs and newly upholstered in burlap textile with self welt.
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Early 20th Century Italian Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Italian gilt iron bench
Located in St. Louis, MO
Gilt iron bench, elegant scroll legs and back, center with shell motif, paper label on back. Made in Italy
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Vintage 1940s Italian Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Italian gilt iron bench
  • Italian gilt iron bench
  • Italian gilt iron bench
  • Italian gilt iron bench
H 36 in. W 53 in. D 14 in.
French Gold Leaf Louis XVI Style Bench Banquette Piano Bench circa 1920
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This exquisitely gilded bench features Classic Louis XVI motifs with fluted legs and a caned seat. Leafed with 22-karat gold, the intricate hand-carved details shine beautifully. A s...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf Tassle Bench
Located in New York, NY
Gold Leaf Tassle Bench
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Vintage 1960s Italian Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Vintage Spanish Gothic Revival Gold Leafed Forged Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Spanish vintage Curule style bench in gold leafed, forged iron with muslin upholstered seat.
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Art Deco Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

Stunning Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Greek Key Benches with Tufted Seats
Located in New York, NY
These stunning pair of Mid-Century benches are in black lacquer and neoclassical in form and feature 24-karat yellow gold greek key motif. They are newly upholstered in luxe citrine ...
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Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Biedermeier Style Benches in Ostrich Stamped Leather by Weiman
Located in Chicago, IL
Restored pair of Biedermeier style benches by Weiman Furniture. Burled walnut apron with tappered black lacquer and gold leaf detailed legs. Gold leaf sabots and ball feet. Covered i...
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Vintage 1960s American Biedermeier Benches

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

Vintage Gold Leaf Vanity Window Bench With Caning Seat and Armrs
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Vintage gold vanity window seat bench. Arm bench with canned seat and arms. Cabriole legs and canned arms. Size: 22” W x 22” H x 16” SH x 14” D.
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Vintage 1950s French Regency Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Italian Carved Cut Velvet Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carved Italian gilt wood bench upholstered in cut silk velvet tiger patterned textile with a metallic gimp detail.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Other Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Italian Carved Cut Velvet Bench
  • Italian Carved Cut Velvet Bench
  • Italian Carved Cut Velvet Bench
  • Italian Carved Cut Velvet Bench
H 21 in. W 25 in. D 22 in.
Maison Ramsay Gold Leaf over Steel Benches by Henri Pouenat, France, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Late 1960s pair of freshly upholstered stools "Courbe" model by French iron designer icon Henri Pouenat Gold leaf over iconic Ramsay red patina New creme bouclé upholstery Seats ...
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Vintage 1960s French Stools

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Pair Of Gilt X-Form Benches By Palladio
Located in Chicago, IL
Classic Italian Empire styling, in gilded iron, and beautiful new silk upholstered seats are the focal points of this striking pair of benches by Palladio. Versatile benches that can...
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20th Century Italian Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Pair Of Gilt X-Form Benches By Palladio
  • Pair Of Gilt X-Form Benches By Palladio
  • Pair Of Gilt X-Form Benches By Palladio
  • Pair Of Gilt X-Form Benches By Palladio
H 20.50 in. W 32 in. D 18 in.
1960s Renzo Rutili Asian Modernist Credenza by Johnson Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
This credenza is made in 4 modular sections. The base cradles the two cabinets and the prayer bench. The three sections can be reconfigured on the base to allow for the bench to be b...
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Vintage 1960s American Credenzas

Materials

Brass, Gold Leaf

Vintage Spanish Gothic Revival Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
A vintage Spanish Gothic revival gold leafed forged iron bench that is a romantic nod to the classics. The shape is an elongated rectangle with two "U" shapes at the sides detailed b...
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Gothic Revival Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
Located in Austin, TX
Beautiful pair of Spanish Art Deco period gold leafed, hand hammered forged iron benches with woven cotton upholstery.
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
  • Pair of Spanish Gold Leafed Iron Benches
H 18.5 in. W 22 in. D 12.25 in.
Spanish Vintage Gold Leaf Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Spanish vintage bench of forged iron with a muslin upholstered seat. We love the Curule style base and the patina of the original gold leaf on the iron.
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Art Deco Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

  • Spanish Vintage Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Vintage Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Vintage Gold Leaf Iron Bench
  • Spanish Vintage Gold Leaf Iron Bench
H 19 in. W 20.75 in. D 12.25 in.
French Louis XVI "Grand" Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Antique French Louis XVI style bench. Hand-painted, solid wood frame with gold leaf on floral details and fluted, tapered legs. An excellent piece for the foot of a bed or in a long ...
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Vintage 1910s French Louis XVI Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • French Louis XVI "Grand" Bench
  • French Louis XVI "Grand" Bench
  • French Louis XVI "Grand" Bench
  • French Louis XVI "Grand" Bench
H 24.25 in. W 69 in. D 19 in.
New Upholstery Mid Century Modern Decorative Gold Gilt Wire Bench Royere Style
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century modern Hollywood Regency style gold gilt wire bench with new upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal, Wire, Gold Leaf

Venetian Grotto Guiltwood Vanity Stool
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Venetian guiltwood vanity bench/stool sea shell shape carved seat and cabriolet legs. (does not swivel).
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Vintage 1950s Italian Rococo Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Venetian Grotto Guiltwood Vanity Stool
  • Venetian Grotto Guiltwood Vanity Stool
  • Venetian Grotto Guiltwood Vanity Stool
  • Venetian Grotto Guiltwood Vanity Stool
H 21 in. W 16 in. D 16 in.
Painted Carved French Bench with Burlap Upholstery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Painted and gilt wood carved bench with new burlap upholstery with self welt and nailhead trim detail.
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Early 20th Century French Rococo Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

George II Style Giltwood Bench
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
George II style giltwood (gold leaf) bench, late 20th century.
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Late 20th Century Unknown George II Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • George II Style Giltwood Bench
  • George II Style Giltwood Bench
  • George II Style Giltwood Bench
  • George II Style Giltwood Bench
H 20.5 in. W 27 in. D 20 in.
Italian Gilt Iron Tassel and Rope Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
An Italian bench featuring a rope and tassel motif and a hand applied gold leaf finish to the iron frame. Italy, 1960s Custom cushion available upon request. Dimensions: 4...
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Vintage 1960s Regency Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Italian Gilt Iron Tassel and Rope Bench
  • Italian Gilt Iron Tassel and Rope Bench
  • Italian Gilt Iron Tassel and Rope Bench
  • Italian Gilt Iron Tassel and Rope Bench
H 20 in. W 47 in. D 13 in.
Spanish Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Curule Bench
Located in Austin, TX
A vintage Spanish gold-leafed forged iron bench in a romantic Gothic revival style. The design of the piece is an elongated rectangular piece with two “U” shapes decorated with curle...
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Vintage 1940s Spanish Gothic Revival Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Iron

  • Spanish Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Curule Bench
  • Spanish Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Curule Bench
  • Spanish Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Curule Bench
  • Spanish Gold-Leafed Forged Iron Curule Bench
H 19.75 in. W 27.25 in. D 16.25 in.
Large Anglo Indian Bench
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Large scale Anglo Indian bench with a wooden frame and turned legs finished in a colorful blend of pale robins egg blue and fushia lacquer and old water gilt paint. Upholstered in a...
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20th Century Unknown Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Large Anglo Indian Bench
  • Large Anglo Indian Bench
  • Large Anglo Indian Bench
  • Large Anglo Indian Bench
H 21 in. W 60 in. D 28.5 in.
Pair of Gold Leafed Spanish Iron Benches
Located in Austin, TX
Wonderful pair of vintage Spanish hand hammered, forged iron benches with original gold leafing.
Category

Early 20th Century Spanish Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

  • Pair of Gold Leafed Spanish Iron Benches
  • Pair of Gold Leafed Spanish Iron Benches
  • Pair of Gold Leafed Spanish Iron Benches
  • Pair of Gold Leafed Spanish Iron Benches
H 20 in. W 31.5 in. D 12.5 in.
Pair of Louis XV painted and partial gilt benches
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Pair of French Louis XV provincial painted and partial gilt<br /> benches, circa 1920-1940.
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Vintage 1930s French Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Gold Gilt Metal Faux Bamboo Upholstered Window Benches
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice gold finish faux bamboo benches.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf, Gilt Metal

Glam Pair of Italian Gold-Leafed Iron Stools
Located in North Miami, FL
We love the scrollwork arms on this glamorous pair of finely crafted Italian iron benches. The original gold leafing has a wonderful -and authentic- patina.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Benches

Materials

Iron, Gold Leaf

Vintage Spanish Gold Leafed Hammered Iron Bench
Located in Austin, TX
Spanish mid-20th century Neo-Baroque style bench. The frame is hammered forged wrought iron with a gorgeous gold leaf finish and beautifully upholstered with a sea foam blue velvet f...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Baroque Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf, Wrought Iron

  • Vintage Spanish Gold Leafed Hammered Iron Bench
  • Vintage Spanish Gold Leafed Hammered Iron Bench
  • Vintage Spanish Gold Leafed Hammered Iron Bench
  • Vintage Spanish Gold Leafed Hammered Iron Bench
H 20.625 in. W 27.875 in. D 13.5 in.
Waterfall Tables
Located in Dallas, TX
Matching pair of Waterfall tables in the manner of Philip and Kelvin Laverne. The Asian carvings incised into the surface of each of the tables are very similar but not identical. So...
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Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Waterfall Tables
  • Waterfall Tables
  • Waterfall Tables
  • Waterfall Tables
H 17 in. W 57 in. D 21 in.
Carved Tufted Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fabulous English Chippendale Tufted Bench has been newly restored, features an extraordinary gold & silver leaf finish, and is made out of solid maple wood. The Bench has been prof...
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Vintage 1950s English Chippendale Benches

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Carved Tufted Bench
  • Carved Tufted Bench
  • Carved Tufted Bench
  • Carved Tufted Bench
H 19.5 in. W 60.5 in. D 20 in.

20th Century Gold Leaf Benches For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of 20th century gold leaf benches for sale on 1stDibs. Mid-Century Modern, Neoclassical and Regency 20th century gold leaf benches are consistently popular styles. 20th century gold leaf benches have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Pier Luigi Colli and Tommi Parzinger are consistently popular.

How Much are 20th Century Gold Leaf Benches?

20th century gold leaf benches can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $3,275, while the lowest priced sells for $750 and the highest can go for as much as $24,038.

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.