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Empire Sofas

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
19th Century Empire Sofa Schumacher Sabi Tiger Velvet
Located in Houston, TX
Early 19th Century Empire sofa. This handsome burl veneer sofa features ebonized and gilt columns, urn finials, with two hidden drawers, all newly upholstered in Schumacher abstract ...
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Early 19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

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Wood, Burl

Fine Antique Empire / Regency Carved Ebonised Double Ended Couch
Located in Sittingbourne, GB
Step into the captivating and opulent world of the Regency/Empire period with this exquisite double end sofa, a harmonious blend of exquisite craftsm...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Empire Sofas

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Velvet, Ebony

Antique American Empire Carved Mahogany Eagle Cornucopia Settee Loveseat Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Empire Carved Mahogany Eagle Cornucopia Settee Loveseat Sofa. Circa 19th Century. Measurements: 40.5" H x 67" W x 27" D x 19" Seat height x 33" Arm height.
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19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

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Mahogany

1800's Antique Empire Period, Medallion Back, New Upholstery, Red/Beige Sofa
Located in Austin, TX
1800's Antique Empire Period, Medallion Back, New Upholstery, Red/Beige Sofa Beautiful with New Upholstery, Antique Sofa, Empire Period, Medallion Back, New Upholstery, Red/Beige, 19th Century, 1800's! This antique sofa from the Empire Period features a stunning medallion back design and has been newly upholstered in a beautiful red and beige fabric. With its dark wood tones and traditional style, this sofa is sure to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any living room, lounge, or guestroom. Measuring 26" in length and 84" in width, this sofa comfortably seats up to three people. No additional parts are required for assembly, and the sofa is ready to use right away. The brand is Empire, and the country/region of manufacture is unknown. Overall, this antique sofa is a one-of-a-kind piece that is perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of history and charm to their home. Period empire medallion...
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19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Antique Empire Style Mahogany Tufted Parlor Sofa Newly Upholstered in Leather
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Empire Style Carved Mahogany Tufted Back Parlor Sofa on Casters Newly Upholstered in Full Grain Espresso Italian Leather This antique Empire styl...
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19th Century Unknown Antique Empire Sofas

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Leather, Mahogany

Unique sofa, France, circa 1860. After renovation.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Unique sofa, France, circa 1860. Condition: before renovation and upholstery replacement. Wood: walnut dimensions: height 104 cm / seat height. 46 cm / ...
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1860s French Antique Empire Sofas

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Walnut

Empire Settee, France 1815
Located in Leimen, DE
Empire Settee, France 1810 Step back in time to the opulent era of 19th-century France with the exquisite Elegant Empire Settee, crafted in 1810. This resplendent sofa is a testament...
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1810s French Antique Empire Sofas

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Fruitwood

Antique Empire Style Mahogany Swan Grecian Sofa Newly Upholstered
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Empire Style Mahogany Swan Grecian Sofa Newly Upholstered In a Green Velvet Antique Classic Empire style carved mahogany tufted Grecian sofa n...
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19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

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Velvet, Wood, Mahogany

Empire Mahogany Sofa, Restored, Original Upholstery, France, 1860s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Empire Mahogany Sofa Origin: France 1860s This item features classic Empire elements. This style, originating in 19th century France, was made to...
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1860s French Antique Empire Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Lacquer, Mahogany

Empire Mahogany Bench With Cornucopia
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
This unique empire mahogany bench originates from the nineteenth century. It has a tight straight hood with even arms. The curved armrests are ea...
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Early 19th Century Dutch Antique Empire Sofas

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Cotton, Mahogany

Romantic Canape French, 19th Century in Oilwood
Located in Madrid, ES
romantic canape French, 19th century in Oilwood. Upholstered seat and back, decorated with floral motifs. Usage signs. Dimensions: 104 x 235 x 64 cm good conditions
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Wood

Lacquered Empire Style Sofa with Leopard Fabric
Located in San Francisco, CA
Great statement piece with white lacquer wood finish and leopard printed upholstery. Loads of drama for either a simple or layered decor.
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1950s American Vintage Empire Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

French Empire Mahogany Settee, Early 19th Century
Located in London, by appointment only
Early 19th Century French Empire Mahogany Settee An Empire finely carved dark figured mahogany three seat settee, the back is surmounted by facing scrolls with strigilated flutes be...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Mahogany

Empire Revival Lacquered Swan Neck Settee, 20th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant French Empire style settee offers a truly spectacular silhouette that is sure to impress. Wonderfully detailed featuring a reeded top rail, down swept arms are intricately ha...
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1970s Vintage Empire Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

Antique Sofa, 20th Century
Located in Kerepes, HU
Dimensions:  Height: 40 (seat), 70 ( six backrests ) cm Width: 80 cm Length : 175 Seat ( 210 whole ) cm.
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Early 20th Century European Empire Sofas

Materials

Wood

Original Antique French Empire Sofa Mahogany Veneer with Columns
Located in Berlin, DE
Original French Empire sofa, circa 1800. Mahogany, right and left, each with columns and fire-gilt bronze fittings. Some bronze are missing.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Wood

Bellanger French Empire Mahogany Pink and Red Stripe Upholstered Settee
Located in New York, NY
French Empire-style mahogany settee with a carved frame and striped blush pink and red upholstered seat, arms and back. (BELLANGER).
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Mahogany, Wood

Empire Period Mahogany Sofa-Bed, 19th Century
Located in Paris, FR
Sofa-bed of the Empire period in solid mahogany and mahogany veneer with rich decoration of finely chased and gilded bronzes. This sofa is decorated in front of a lyre in the center,...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Bronze

Empire Style Sofa 1950's
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Empire style sofa made in high quality wood and red fabric. in a very good condition. with some nice details in the middle of the bench.  
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1950s Belgian Vintage Empire Sofas

Materials

Wood, Fabric

French Empire Sofa, 1810-15
Located in Belmont, MA
This unique Empire settee dates back to around 1810-15 and comes from France. The elegant settee has a cherry wood frame with hand carved details on armrests and front legs. The sett...
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1810s French Antique Empire Sofas

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Cherry

19th Century Baltic Mahogany Long Bench - Antique Empire Silk Sofa, Canapé
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, antique Baltic long bench with two pillows made of hand carved Mahogany, in good condition. The three seater sofa, settee is stand...
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Mid-19th Century Baltic Antique Empire Sofas

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Fabric, Silk, Upholstery, Mahogany

Empire Mahogany Wood and Veneer Sofa from the Late 19th Century
Located in Opole, PL
Empire Mahogany wood and veneer sofa from the late 19th century We present you this antique Empire sofa circa 1860 of a beautiful form. It has ri...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Empire Sofas

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Mahogany, Upholstery

Empire Marquetry Sofa in Mahogany with Satinwood Inlays, circa 1820
Located in Miami, FL
A lovely and well-proportioned marquetry sofa with arched back, scroll arms and short Grecian curved legs in mahogany embellished with inlays of festoo...
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1810s Dutch Antique Empire Sofas

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Satinwood, Upholstery, Mahogany, Tulipwood

19th Century Empire Style Mahogany Framed Upholstered Sofa
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Very beautiful North American Empire style mahogany wood framed upholstered sofa with matching bolster pillows and mahogany frame scroll...
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1820s American Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Elegant classic Chaise Longue in antique Empire Style beech hand crafted
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, finely carved and set. Long rectangular seat over curly, carved volutes. Elevated left-sided head end. Fluted frame. Low foot end. Curved, slightly sloping backrests...
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20th Century French Empire Sofas

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Beech

19th Century Empire Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Settee / Sofa
Located in Tarry Town, NY
19th century French Empire style handcrafted gilt bronze mahogany framed upholstered settee / sofa. The settee features four straight mahogany legs, the front two of which are set on...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Bronze

Directoire Empire Transition Canape
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
A very elegant, ebonised, early 19th Century French canape with fabulous Mermaid tail feet, back and front, and carved lotus flower motif to back.
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19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Antique Empire Charles X Inlaid Walnut & Brass Sofa, 1910s
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Important sofa in transition style between empire and Charles X. Walnut wood veneer, brass inlays and small parts.
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1880s Italian Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Brass

Original antique Empire Sofa / canapé circa 1860-1870 Empire Room mahogany
Located in Berlin, DE
Original Empire sofa circa 1860-1870 from an Empire room. Massive mahogany cast with Empire caryadites bronze. Top condition. Measurments: width:140cm Height: 100cm Depht: 80cm.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

20th Century French antique Empire style set with Two Armchairs and sofa beech
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, carved, colored and gilded. Cambered frame on curly legs. Braced supports for slightly rising armrests ending in rolled-up volutes. High-rimmed, slightly curved bac...
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20th Century French Empire Sofas

Materials

Beech

Antique French Empire Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Couch
Located in London, GB
Antique French Empire style mahogany and gilt bronze couch French, late 19th century Dimensions: Height 107cm, width 192cm, depth 72cm This beautiful canapé style couch...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Ormolu

20th Century Antique Classizim Style Empire Swan Chaise Lounge Birdseye Maple
Located in Berlin, DE
Maple roots on solid beechwood, partially ebonized and gilded. Finely carved swans, feet carved with paws. Very high quality fabric.
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20th Century German Empire Sofas

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Birdseye Maple

20th Century antique Empire Style Lion canapé Sofa beech bronze
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial stylish lion Kanapee in Empire style. Finely detailed carving work on solid ebonized beechwood. Gilded. Winged, protruding lions heads in bronze.
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20th Century French Empire Sofas

Materials

Beech

Empire Sofa
Located in New Haven, CT
Second Empire period mahogany sofa with original ormolu mounts including the paw feet. Note: The fabric is in decent condition, but should be reupholstered.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Czech Empire Sofa, Made in 1810 and Restored, Yellow and Black
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Biedermeier sofa Completely restored, new upholstery included. Black lacquer. High gloss.
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1810s Czech Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

Imperial Stylish Lion Salon Couch in Antique Empire Style beech hand carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Fine detailed carving work on solid beechwood. Gilded. Armrests ended in protruding, winged, forward leaning lions heads in Bronze. Measures: Width:146cm height:117 cm Depth: 7...
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20th Century French Empire Sofas

Materials

Beech

Early 19th Century Empire Pear-Wood Sofa, Restored, Made in Austria
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Austrian Empire inlaid sofa Made of pear-wood. (Inlaid) Completely restored. Surface was done by shellac polish.
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Empire Sofas

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Pearwood, Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Early 19th Century Restored Empire Mahogany Living Room French Seating Set, 3pcs
Located in Horomerice, CZ
French Empire three-piece suite. Made of mahogany wood. Completely restored, new upholstery included. Surface was done by shellac polish. Sofa dimensions: Height: 92cm Seat h...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

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Fabric, Mahogany, Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

20th Century Empire Style Lion Kanapee Sofa
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial stylish lion Kanapee in Empire style. Finely detailed carving work on solid ebonized beechwood. Gilded. Winged, protruding lions heads in bronze. (B-Sam-60).
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20th Century Empire Sofas

Materials

Wood, Beech

19th Century Original French Empire Sofa and Armchair Set Made from Mahogany
Located in Berlin, DE
Massive mahogany partly carved. Cambered frame on curly legs. Supports bracing supports for slightly rising armrests in rolled-up volute. High-awned, slightly curved backrest frame w...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Elegant Swedish Empire Bench Birch with Inlays
Located in Kastrup, DK
Elegant Swedish Empire bench in birch with inlays, Sweden, circa 1810. The backs with inlays in the form of Greek female figures. Beautifully executed. The set is reupholstered in ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Sofas

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Birch, Mahogany

Antique Empire Custom Painted Sofa
Located in New York, NY
Custom painted Empire sofa. Sofa has a down filled seat cushion. Legs and frame has carvings.
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19th Century American Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

20th Century antique French Empire Salon Ameublement with Two Armchairs carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, carved, colored and gilded. Cambered frame on curly legs. Braced supports for slightly rising armrests ending in rolled-up volutes. High-rimmed, slightly curved ...
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20th Century French Empire Sofas

Materials

Beech

Original Empire Set of a Sofa 2 Armchairs and 1 Table Mahogany with Bronze Figur
Located in Berlin, DE
Original Empire sofa circa 1860-1870 from an Empire room. Massive mahogany cast with Empire caryadites bronze. The armchairs are made of a different fabric than the sofa and should b...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Duncan Phyfe Style Love Seat Settee with Scrolling Arms
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Duncan Phyfe style loveseat settee with scrolling arms, floral print upholstery and matching side pillows.
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1950s American Vintage Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Empire Style Tall Back Loveseat with Carved Mahogany Base
Located in New York, NY
Empire style tall back loveseat with carved mahogany base and claw feet. Newly upholstered in off-white fabric.
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1920s Vintage Empire Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Sofa, Historismus, 1880s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of wood, fabric - Original upholstery - Wooden parts has some signs use - Good, original condition.   
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1880s Czech Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Dutch Marquetry Empire Settee, circa 1825
Located in Miami, FL
Offers mahogany frame with inlays in satinwood of flowers and foliage along back crest, "S" scroll arms and slipper feet. Features upholstered seat, back and inside and outside arms....
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19th Century Dutch Antique Empire Sofas

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Cotton, Twill, Upholstery, Satinwood, Kingwood, Mahogany

Sublime French Empire Walnut Curvy Sofa with Gilded Swans and Velvet Upholstery
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A super elegant romantic French Empire walnut sofa having sexy curves, ebonized base and details with two gilded swans handles on each end. The upholstery is a fabulous striped velvet in pistachio green and included two glamorous cylindrical pillows...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Giltwood

Sofa Bench French Empire Mahogany Brass Brown France
Located in New York, NY
A rare sofa made in France during the Empire period, circa 1790-1810. Mahogany frame with gilded brass decor shaped as palm leaves. Tapered legs en...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Empire Banquette or Window Seat in Birch with Marquetry Inlays, circa 1800
Located in Miami, FL
A Swedish Empire banquette/sofa in birch with marquetry embellishments which include foliage and urns and line-inlaid figures of the four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. Lower cabinets open to reveal drawers, while top cabinets offer shelving. Note: Needs upholstery...
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Early 1800s Swedish Antique Empire Sofas

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Birch

Scandinavian Empire Sofa in Mahogany with Ormolu and Upholstery, circa 1815
Located in Miami, FL
An elegant Empire Swedish Karl Johan sofa with graceful lines in mahogany with satinwood line inlay, ormolu and ebonized details. Offers scrolled arms and saber feet with upholstered...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Ormolu

French Empire Sofa Bench Settee
Located in New York, NY
French Empire settee late 19th century 1870- 1890. Ebonized mahogany frame, French polished (Black) with captivating carved female heads under armrest, legs terminating into animal...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Mid-19th Century Empire Venetian Sofa Attributed to Valentino Panciera Besarel
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Precious mid-19th century Venetian sofa attributable to Valentino Panciera Besarel in hand-carved walnut, restored and finished to wax. Coated with precious original Venetian brocade...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Antique 19th Century American Empire Flame Mahogany Claw Foot Classical Sofa 77"
Located in Dayton, OH
Fine American Empire sofa with striking form and masterful carving, New York; circa 1820s. Made of flamed mahogany with beveled crest rail between "s" scrolled shoulders with high r...
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Early 19th Century Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

French Empire Walnut Egyptian Revival Daybed with Demilune Canopy, circa 1815
Located in Berlin, DE
French Empire Egyptian Revival Daybed with Demilune Canopy, circa 1815 A rare Empire daybed à 'l'Égyptienne" with a demilune canopy from circa...
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1810s French Antique Empire Sofas

Materials

Linen, Walnut, Wood

Empire sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire sofas for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage sofas created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, case pieces and storage cabinets, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, fabric and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire sofas made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original sofas, popular names associated with this style include Achille Collas, Bellanger, Clarence House, and Europa Antiques. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for sofas differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,026 and tops out at $32,500 while the average work can sell for $5,449.

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