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Neoclassical Benches

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Antique American Empire Neoclassical Style Claw Foot Window Bench, 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique American Empire neoclassical style upholstered window bench offers mahogany frame with carved scroll cornucopia form arms, rope twist frame, and raised on carved winged le...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Mahogany, Upholstery

Midcentury Hollywood Regency Curule Style Gilt Metal Bench with Cushion
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
A great bench in the neoclassical Curule form. Beautiful patina to the gilt. New off white cushion.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Metal

Swedish 1920s Neoclassical Style Painted Wood Bench with Laurel Wreath Motif
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish neoclassical style painted wood bench from the early 20th century, with laurel wreath accent, cylindrical legs and new upholstery. Born in Sweden during the first quarter o...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Upholstery

Swedish Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Foot Stool or Bench
Located in Stamford, CT
Swedish Louis XVI style paint decorated foot stool or bench. Lia.
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

Classical Garden Bench in Faux Ver Di Gris Finish Att. to Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful classical style garden bench of wrought iron in a faux ver Di Gris finish. The bench has a grid pattern strap metal top, with decorative cirlicue legs. Well crafted and in ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Benches

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Neoclassical Style Giltwood Benches with Zebra Hide Seats
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Outstanding pair of Zebra hide benches with Neoclassical Style giltwood frames.
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Zebra Hide, Giltwood

Late 19th Century Painted Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Antique 1890's Painted Bench is in very good condition and has its original black color has been newly waxed and polished developing a beautiful patina finish. This bench has ha...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Maple, Paint

Maitland Smith Neoclassical Recamiere Settee or Bench
Located in Southampton, NJ
Maitland Smith neoclassical style Recamiere settee or scroll arm bench with reed carved body and splayed legs enhanced with silver leaf accents. Newly upholstered in rich detail dama...
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1990s Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Silver Leaf

Tufted Leather Scroll Arm Window Bench
Located in Port Chester, NY
A tufted leather scroll arm window bench with nailhead trim. This piece has a timeless classic look with its rolled arm design and traditional rich brown color. The center seat cushi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Benches

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Leather

Pair of Neoclassical Style X-Base Form Benches, USA, 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of neoclassical style x-base form benches, USA, 1970's Newly finished with an oil rubbed bronze patina. Newly upholstered in velvet/mohair button tufted channeled.   
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Benches

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Steel

Jerry Pair of Dennis & Leen Lion Paw Benches/Ottomans by Formations in Leather
Located in Miami, FL
Jerry pair of Dennis & Leen lion paw benches/ottomans by Formations in leather Offered for sale is a pair of elegant George I Jerry pair lion paw ottomans or benches by Formations...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Benches

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Brass

Neoclassical Wrought Iron & Bronze Bench, France, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Elegant bench in patinated wrought iron and bronze. The sabots are reminiscent of Giacometti's work for Jean-Michel Frank. 3 benches are available; the price is for one.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Benches

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Bronze, Wrought Iron

Wood Bench with Solid Seat and Hand-Carved Detail on Frame
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Dubois bench by LF Upholstery is a hand-carved bench serving as an example of craftsmanship at its best. Available in choice of size in 3 different wood finishes, this bench has ...
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2010s American Neoclassical Benches

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Linen, Oak

Italian Neoclassical 1800s Settee with Original Paint and Gilt Floral Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian neoclassical period wooden settee from the early 19th century, with original paint, gilded accents, floral motifs and new upholstery. Born in Italy during the early years ...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Italian Early 19th Century Neoclassical Style Patinated and Gilt Benches
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A charming and most unique pair of Italian early 19th century neo-classical st. patinated and gilt benches. Each bench is raised by finely carved giltwood hoof feet below the elegant...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Giltwood, Wood

Italian Neoclassical Style 19th Century Painted Wood Bench with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Neoclassical style painted wood bench from the 19th century, with new upholstery and gilded accents. We currently have two available, priced and sold $3,995 each. Created ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

Jansen Style Vintage Neoclassical Brass Tabouret
Located in Houston, TX
A beautifully constructed vintage neoclassical style detailed brass bench with tapered and fluted legs and radiuses stretchers in the style of Maison Jansen. Seat is upholstered in a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Brass

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

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Copper, Gold Leaf

Italian 19th Century Neoclassical Style White Carrara Marble Bench
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most impressive and high-quality Italian 19th century neoclassical style white Carrara marble bench. The bench is raised by two elegant supports with scrolled designs and striking ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Carrara Marble

Banquette, Soft Outdoor Gray Fabric, Dining Bench, Settee, Sofa, Handcrafted
Located in Boston, MA
Lisa Tharp Collection, Andrews Banquette Luxuriate for breakfast with others, or stretch out and lounge on your own. This banquette combines the comfort of a favorite sofa with the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Neoclassical Benches

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Acrylic, Hardwood

Swedish Neoclassical Style 19th Century Painted Sofa with Guilloche Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Neoclassical style painted wood sofa from the 19th century, with scrolled arms, guilloche motifs, fluted legs and new upholstery. Born in Sweden during the 19th century, th...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Upholstery

Custom Made Neoclassical Style Metal Bench or Coffee Table
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This neoclassical style metal bench or stool with two curves and stretcher in between can be used for various seating purposes or at the foot of a bed. The base topped with a piece o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

Jansen Style Vintage Neoclassical Brass Tabouret
Located in Houston, TX
A beautifully constructed vintage neoclassical style detailed brass bench with tapered and fluted legs and radiused stretchers in the style of Maison Jansen. Seat is upholstered in a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Brass

Black Lacquered Bench Covered in Yellow Moire Fabric with Gold Decorations
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Bench in excellent condition covered in yellow moire fabric with braid on the top surface. Black painted legs with gold accents.
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1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

Pair of Hollywood Regency Wrought Iron Curule Benches
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stylish pair of Hollywood Regency wrought iron curule benches made in the neoclassical taste. Featuring an X-form design with scrolled arms and feet. The seats measure 25 inches wide...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

1950s Curule Form Iron &, Brass Bench in the Manner of Maison Jensen
Located in Southampton, NJ
1950s wrought iron X form Curule or Savonarola bench in the manner of Maison Jansen with interesting brass finial embellishments. Unusual & generous in size. Seat: 84" L x 18" D x 17...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Brass, Iron

Long Ivory-Painted Hall Bench
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to Colefax & Fowler. The rectangular seat over a scalloped seat rail painted in ochre with scrolling foliage and flowerhead roundels; raised on square tapering legs with b...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

Neoclassical Window Bench, Early 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Window bench with a straight rail and sides with fan-shaped pierced strutting, standing on six tapered square feet. The bench was reupholstered with a light green-yellow patterned fa...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Fabric, Cherry

Neoclassical Directoire Styled Paint and Water Gilt Banquette or Bench
Located in Nashville, TN
With silk covering, carved with pretty detail. Some bleeding of red bole. Very sturdy. Tall seat height  Italian or French (Louis XVI) Light soiling to frame , faint age/ soiling ...
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Mid-20th Century European Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

Pair of Italian Neo-Classic Faux Leopard Benches
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Neo-classic (19th Century) ebonized benches with gilt trim and "X" form design with fluted legs and side arms and faux leopard upholstered seat (PRICED AS Pair).
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Faux Fur

French Modern Neoclassical Mahogany and Suede Tri-Corner Stools, Andre Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of french Directoire period stools / benches with stunning tapered legs that are partially cantilevered over the frame and a rare three leg and three corner structure. ...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Mahogany

Monumental 19th Century Northern Italian Hand Painted Bench
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful hand painted wood bench was made in Italy in the 19th century. Since Schumacher was founded in 1889, our family-owned company has been synonymous with style, taste,...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Paint

Unique Hard Plaster Maquette of an 18th Century Italian Marble Bench
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A plaster maquette of an original 18th century Italian marble bench with recumbant lions and floral carvings to the seat, complete with scrolling arms. for interior use.
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Late 20th Century English Neoclassical Benches

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Plaster

Early Antique Italian Cassapanca Painted Bench
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Neoclassical decorated carved and painted bench with lift up seat for storage. The back with scrolled crest and painted with a trompe l'loeil architectural frieze with masks, ribbo...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

New Black Wrought Iron Curule Bench with Cushion, Savonarola, Throne
Located in Miami, FL
New black wrought iron curule bench with cushion, Savonarola, Throne. Cushion included.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

19th Century Italian Neo Classical Style Carved and Giltwood Bench
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant 19th century Italian Neo Classical style carved and giltwood bench. Beautiful intricate details on the carvings and upholstered in a nice beige fabric. So pretty!!
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Upholstery, Giltwood

Italian Silver Gilt Upholstered Bench Settee
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Neoclassical styled Italian silver gilt bench with a sage green ribbed fabric upholsterer. The Grecian form frame with a lightly crackled and hand carved silver gilt finish. A nice l...
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Fabric

Set of Two Chairs, a Round Table and a Seat Bench, Made in Wood by Don Shoemaker
Located in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas
Set of two chairs, a round Table and a Seat bench. made in wood by Don Shoemaeker in Mexico It has detachable parts that do not need screws to fasten cueramo wood and granadillo ...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Neoclassical Benches

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Wood

New Black Wrought Iron Curule Bench with Cushion, Savonarola, Throne
Located in Miami, FL
New black wrought iron Curule bench with cushion, Savonarola, Throne.
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2010s European Neoclassical Benches

Simple, Late 19th Century, Slat Design Iron Garden Bench
Located in Buffalo, NY
A simple, classic late 19th century, slat design wrought iron garden bench. Beautiful lines, Classic styling and design, wonderful patina, extremely comfortable.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

Upholstered Bench with Brown Horsehair Seat with Mahogany Frame and Tapered Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Denton bench made by LF Upholstery is shown with brown and taupe patterned horsehair with soft foam padding. It has a hand carved mahogany wood and finished frame with tapered le...
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2010s American Neoclassical Benches

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Mahogany

Pair of Neoclassical X-Frame Upholstered Benches, 20th Century
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Pair of Neoclassic X-frame upholstered benches, 20th century. Metal frames with matte silver finish and impressed floral design. Slip seat cushions upholstered in pony hair.
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20th Century Neoclassical Benches

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Metal

Romantic Ornate Antique French Black Iron Bench with Birds and Nymph
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Magnificent vintage black iron bench with ornate decoration having central oval mandala with seated nymph surrounded by intertwining vines, birds, and foliage. Note: Pair available ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

18th Century Pair of Italian Neoclassical Giltwood Stools
Located in IT
18th century pair of Italian neoclassical giltwood stools The fine pair of neoclassical stools, made in Sicily, Italy, in the second half of the eighteenth century, consists of a...
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Late 18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Giltwood

Italian Neoclassical Style Painted and Parcel Gilt Bench
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian neoclassical Louis XVI style painted and parcel gilt bench. This gorgeous Italian bench is comprised of four Corinthian column legs separated by fluted sections. Thi...
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1930s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Velvet

Neo-Classical Style Italian Giltwood Bench in Leopard Velvet
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a long neo-classical style Italian giltwood bench in a turquoise leopard velvet. It dates is a mid-century piece and is Italian. The upholstery is recent and is in very good ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Velvet, Giltwood

Pair of Stunning Neoclassical Iron Window Benches by Niermann Weeks
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Two elegant iron benches with a gorgeous slate and blue/green patina, neoclassical style with criss cross stretchers and upholstered seats. Niermann Weeks label underside.
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1990s American Neoclassical Benches

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Iron

Lacquered Ivory Neoclassical-Inspired Bed Bench by Modenese Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Marvelous white lacquered satin bed bench with side bars and cabriole leg, ideal in luxury bedrooms alongside cabinets, make up tables and wardrobes. This seating features a sinuous ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

19th Century Carved Upholstered Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Late 19th Century Portuguese Bench that has been restored, is made out of walnut wood and has a remarkably hand-carved frame with intricate details. This loveseat has been newly re...
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Cotton, Velvet, Foam, Polyester, Walnut

19th Century English Oak Bench with Three Drawers and Persimmon Upholstery
Located in Middleburg, VA
This unusual 19th century English upholstered bench is a stunner. Made of richly patinated oak with three drawers, four turned posts and original brass hardware. Recently reupholster...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Brass

Neoclassical Directoire Style Painted Caned Settee Bench Seat
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic Mid-Century Modern Italian painted settee or bench seat featuring caned sides and seat. Crafted in the neoclassical Directoire taste of late 18th century France. The lacque...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Fabric, Cane, Wood

Pair of 19th Century Italian Painted and Parcel-Gilt Benches
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning long pair of 19th century neoclassical style Italian painted and parcel-gilt benches. These shapely Italian benches with Klismos style legs are painted cream with gilt trim ...
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1880s Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Fabric, Wood

Classical Style Gilt Bench Att. to Karges
Located in New York, NY
Classical style bench with carved gilt wood base and upholstered pad top. The bench is in excellent condition, clean and ready to use, attributed to Karges, unsigned.
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Benches

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Upholstery, Giltwood

19th Century Rams Head Curule Bench
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century Rams Head curule bench, of typical form with recently upholstered animal print cowhide seat and armrests, raised on four hoof legs. The seat measures 16"x 13", the seat ...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Giltwood, Upholstery

Italian Parcel Gilt Neo-Classical Style Bench
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a mid-century Italian parcel gilt neo-classical style painted bench. The gold velvet is vintage and shows lite wear. The carved Greek key apron is wonderful. It is unmarked.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

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Poplar, Velvet

Italian 1860s Painted Wood Bench with Gilded Accents and New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian painted wood bench from the mid 19th century, with gilded accents and new upholstery. Born in Italy during the third quarter of the 19th century, this exquisite bench feat...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Benches

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Wood, Upholstery

19th Century Specimen Marble Bench or Coffee Table, Philadelphia History Museum
Located in Essex, MA
Rare and spectacular Egyptian alabaster and specimen marble bench on original iron base --In Roman Revival style --Deaccessioned from the Philadelphia History Museum and original...
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Benches

Pair of Modern Solid Patinated Bronze Smoky Glass-Top Low Tables/Benches
Located in Buchanan, MI
A pair of modern patinated bronze smoky glass-top low tables/benches These are currently low tables but could easily have a cusion made making them a pair of benches. Priced per tab...
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20th Century Neoclassical Benches

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Bronze