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French Provincial Sofas

FRENCH PROVINCIAL STYLE

Removed from the fashions of the court, French Provincial style developed in the provinces of the country, such as Provence, Normandy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, French Provincial furniture was not as ostentatious as the designs being produced for the royal palaces, but elegant S-shape cabriole legs and ornate carvings elevated the sturdy chairs, sofas, tables and bedroom furniture intended for everyday use.

Although it varies by region, antique French Provincial furniture is unified by solid construction and an artisanal attention to design. While this furniture often followed the metropolitan trends — including the Rococo or neoclassical aesthetics of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI — since it was produced in the French countryside it was more subdued with nods to its rustic settings.

Local materials like fruitwoods, oak, beech and walnut were used to construct large French Provincial armoires for storage and comfortable armchairs with rush-woven seats. Wrought-iron elements and carvings like floral details and scallop patterns were common as ornamentation. Furniture was frequently painted white or other muted colors that coordinated with gilt and would acquire a patina of age over time. Other wood was just stained with vibrant fabric such as toile de Jouy, which sometimes depicted pastoral scenes, adding color as upholstery.

The style arrived in the United States after World War I, with soldiers returning home wanting furniture like what they had seen in the rural homes and castles of France. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, designer John Widdicomb split from his family business, the Widdicomb Furniture Company, and had been focusing on Louis XV– and French Provincial–style furnishings since the early 1900s. Other American manufacturers such as Baker, Drexel, Henredon and Thomasville also responded to demand. Today antique French Provincial pieces and reproductions continue to be popular.

Find a collection of antique French Provincial dining tables, seating, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: French Provincial
French Grey Provincial style great Sofa
Located in Valladolid, ES
This beautiful French Provencal Louis XV style sofa is a special find, reflecting the elegant country life in France during the 19th century. The soft dove gray paint, gently and skillfully worn, achieves a pleasant antique effect. Delicate carving and cabriole legs add a romantic touch to this deep-seated sofa...
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Early 2000s French French Provincial Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

Fin-de-Siecle Carved Gilt Wood Parlor Suite
Located in Dallas, TX
A three pieces Fin-de-Siecle Carved Gilt wood upholstered parlor suite. The chairs measure 37 x 39 x 17 with the longest settee measuring 94 x 99.1 x 43.2.
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Sofas

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Giltwood

Country French Provincial Style Walnut Blue Velvet Canapé Sofa
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Opulent walnut canapé or sofa made in the country French provincial or Louis XV taste. The sofa features an elaborately carved case with scrolling acanthus and floral sprays. The fra...
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20th Century French French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Napoleon III Deconstructed Two Seater Sofa
Located in Faversham, GB
A splendid and generously proportioned Napolean III two-seater sofa. The sofa has been fully restored, stripped back to the original solid walnut pegged frame with a new coil spring...
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Late 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Sofas

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Calico, Walnut

1960s French Cabriole Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
Baroque curves and French cane gift this sofa an innate lightness and grace. Made in France in the 1960s, a classic cabriole silhouette creates a generous yet elegant seat. Cream-col...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Sofas

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Upholstery, Cane, Hardwood

Late 19th Century French Country Long Sofa/Settee With Carved Arms, Legs & Back
Located in Clifton Forge, VA
This is a lovely settee with carved dark wood framing the pale beige velvet upholstery and down cushions. Although the upholstery is warm and comfy, it is not in perfect shape, it ha...
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Late 19th Century Unknown Antique French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Taylor King French Damask Silk Down Filled 3 Seat Rolled High Arm Sofa Couch 91"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Taylor King three seat sofa or couch featuring a down filled silk Damask fabric with skirted base and high rolled arms and back. Includes lumb...
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood, Down

French Provincial Style Vintage Sofa
Located in Saint Louis, US
Vintage French Provincial sofa reupholstered in red and white striped silk. Combination feather and foam insert on the seats. Refinishe...
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1920s American Vintage French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Antique Velvet Sofa
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful antique velvet sofa dating back to the 1800s, fine Italian manufacture. The frame is made of antique wood, gilded, simply wonderful. T...
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Early 1900s French Antique French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Early 20th Century French Provincial Sofa
Located in Elkhart, IN
A gorgeous French provincial sofa Circa early 20th century Carved wood frame with original paint, damask upholstery, and removable down f...
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Paint

French Provincial Louis XV Style Sofa with Serpentine Carved Back
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering one of our recent palm beach estate fine furniture acquisitions of A French Provincial Louis XV Style Sofa with Serpen...
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20th Century French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Christian Audigier Grande-Dame French Provincial Toile Tufted Sofa
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Monumental Grande Dame tufted sofa featuring a toile de jouy French provincial style fabric upholstery. Designed by Christian Audigier (French 1958-...
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21st Century and Contemporary American French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood, Down

Early 1900's Design High Wing Back 3 Seat Sofa
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Original early 1900's design high wing back 3 seat sofa. Made in France, 1920's - 1930's. High wing back sofa with oak sculptural carved arm rests ...
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1920s French Vintage French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Two-Seat Sofa, France, 1940s
Located in New York, NY
Two-seat sofa with a white-washed wooden base with classical rosette carvings and tapered legs, supporting an over-upholstered seat, back and sides, covered in rose Cumming’s antique...
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1940s French Vintage French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Oak Sofa by Guillerme et Chambron, France 1960s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Amazing French half round sofa by the famous duo Guillerme et Chambron from the 1960s. Guillerme et Chambron represent a significant moment in French m...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

1950s French Style Carved and Painted Settee or Sofa in Blue Linen
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a lovely 1950s French style carved and painted settee or sofa. The scale is wonderful and the blue linen blend fabric is in like new condition. It is unmarked. The arm height...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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Victorian Carved Walnut Settee, 19th Century
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Antique Louis XV Style French Sofa Canapé
Located in Pemberton, NJ
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Antique French Louis XV Style Caned Settee Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Turn of the Century French Sofa
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H 34.1 in W 53.9 in D 28 in
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French Sofa Jacques Charpentier, 1970, Bouclé Maison Lelièvre
Located in Paris, FR
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Large-Scale Painted Venetian Sofa
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French Provincial sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique French Provincial sofas for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, 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 and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used French Provincial 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 Guillerme et Chambron, and Interior Crafts. 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 $960 and tops out at $18,500 while the average work can sell for $3,898.

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