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Napoleon III Sofas

NAPOLEON III STYLE

Under Napoleon III’s rule, Paris underwent a great rebuilding overseen by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, which created grand avenues and lavish landmarks like the Paris Opera. Antique Napoleon III–style furniture was flamboyant and eclectic. It was also known as Second Empire style since it followed and referenced the Empire style of his uncle Napoleon I.

Developing from 1852–70, Napoleon III furniture was plush and ornate, matching the fashion for masked balls and socializing in salons. It borrowed freely from earlier French styles including Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI as well as aesthetics from around the world, from antiquity to Asian art. As writer Gustave Claudin remarked in 1867, the country’s architects worked in “a style which one would be tempted to call neo-Greco-Gothico-Pompadour-Pompeian.”

Napoleon III chairs were completely covered with velvet and lined with tassels; pouf footstools invited people to put up their feet. Sofas were upholstered with tapestries, and beds were adorned with gilt bronze and theatrical canopies. The addition of conservatories to homes led to new indoor-outdoor furniture, while the spirit of hygiene promoted by Baron Haussmann inspired bright, floral motifs.

Although the most ostentatious designs were for the elite, as seen in the Napoleon III apartments preserved in the Louvre, where red velvet, gilding and chandeliers create a cacophony of luxury, these trends influenced homes across classes as manufacturing made design increasingly accessible. Papier-mâché furniture allowed for elaborate shapes that would have been difficult to carve in wood. The malleable material was painted with chinoiserie patterns and decorative designs. It was mass-produced by factories such as Jennens and Bettridge with varnishing and mother-of-pearl inlays creating an effect reminiscent of Asian lacquer. (Surfaces that had been “japanned” — a specialty of Jennens and Bettridge — were intended to resemble lacquer work that was created in East Asia.)

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Style: Napoleon III
Second Empire Fine Mahogany & Gilt Bronze Canapé—Napoleon III, 1860
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A fine and well preserved mahogany & gilt bronze canapé from the Second Empire Period under the reign of Napoleon III. Absolutely wonderful condition, seat cushion has been redone in...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Bronze

Dark Grey Velvet Bourne, Round Sofa
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning dark grey velvet four section custom made bourne. The base is hexagonal in shape with a luxurious inverted pleated flat valance. Four shaped and curved back supports creat...
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Late 20th Century American Napoleon III Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

French Napoleon III Sofa in Pale Orange Velvet and White Fringe
Located in Buchanan, NY
This stunning French high-back sofa, designed in the opulent Napoleon III style, is the embodiment of luxury and elegance. Upholstered in a pale orange tangerine velvet, the back and...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery

Large French Tufted Napoleon III Sofa with Extended Arms
Located in Buchanan, NY
This unique and stately large scale French 19th century Napoleon III sofa features gracefully extended arms that contrast the low back and give this sofa a distinctly elegant appeal....
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery

19th Century French Napoleon III Curved Sofa, Newly Upholstered Bouclé fabric
Located in Paris, FR
Two-seat curved settee from the late 19th Century. Lovely shape and curves. Very comfortable seat. Front legs raised upon brass casters. This sofa has been fully restored and newly ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Brass

A pair of French Napoleon III sofas with continuous backs circa 1860.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of French Napoleon III sofas with continuous backs ad ebonized turned feet circa 1860.
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Large French 19th C Napoleon III Tufted Sofa
Located in Buchanan, NY
A large scale French 19th century Napoleon III high backed sofa with cabriole legs. The back of this sofa is heavily tufted as are the rolled arms - adding grandeur and sophisticatio...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery

French 19th century Napoleon III crapaud armchair recovered in velvet
Located in London, GB
A very beautiful, stylish and extremely comfortable original antique 19th century French, Napoleon III crapaud armchair. Covered in sand coloured 100% cotton velvet textile on stain...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Velvet

Sofa and Bergere " Retour d'Egypte " Napoleon III 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Sofa and Bergere " Retour d'Egypte " Napoleon III 19th Century Napoleon III sofa, "Retour d'Egypte" in green lacquered, carved and gilded wood with Aubusson upholstery with animals....
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Wood

Antique French 19th century Napoleon III crapaud armchair recovered in velvet
Located in London, GB
A very beautiful, stylish and extremely comfortable original antique 19th century French, Napoleon III crapaud armchair. Covered in sand coloured 100% cotton velvet textile on stain...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Pair of French 19th century Napoleon III crapaud armchairs in corduroy textile
Located in London, GB
A very beautiful, stylish and extremely comfortable pair of original antique 19th century French, Napoleon III crapaud armchairs. Reupholstered in yellow coloured 100% cotton cordur...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Velvet

Napoleon III French Settee
Located in Houston, TX
Napoleon III French settee upholstered in off-white ticking and burlap. Ready to be re-covered in your own fabric. Constructed circa 1870-1889 with wood and iron frame, turned and eb...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Brass, Iron, Steel

French Napoleon III Walnut Sofa Banquette French Late 19th Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
Elegant Napoleon III walnut banquette or sofa. France circa 1890, The upholstery and the fabric has been recently changed. Very good antique condition. A little stain on the fabri...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Rare 19th Century Napoleon III Brocade Sofa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
French sofa from the 19th century, Napoleon III period. The sofa has been restored and the upholstery replaced with a beautiful Italian Brocade. France...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Brocade, Beech

Blackened Wood Napoleon the 3d Sofa
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This very nice and unique sofa is made of blackened wood and fabric. It has a very nice shape. This canape must be re-upholstered (what we can arrange if you wish with fabric of your choice). This is a French work Napoleon the 3...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Antique French 19th century Napoleon III crapaud sofa
Located in London, GB
A very beautiful, stylish and extremely comfortable original antique 19th century French, Napoleon III buttoned crapaud sofa. Covered in oatmeal coloured 100% wool textile on staine...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Wool

19th Century Napoleon III Period Louis XIV Style Canape ~ Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century Napoleon III Period Louis XIV Style Canape ~ Sofa is a superlative example of the revival of timeless French style and flair that occurred during the reign of France's l...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Fabric, Oak

French Napoleon III Settee in Muslin
Located in Buchanan, NY
A wonderfully proportioned small French settee from the Napoleon III period with a gracious curved back. This late 19th century settee has been stripped down to the original muslin l...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Fabric

LOVELY ANTIQUE NAPOLEON III CIRCA 1890 BERGERE WiNDOW SEAT BENCH SETTEE SOFA
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning original circa 1890 Napoleon III Louis XVI style bergère settee which is part of a suite Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers within the M25 only for the UK and local Europe only for international, if you would like an accurate quote please send me your postcode and I’ll provide you with the exact price This sofa comes with a matching pair of parlour armchairs...
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1890s European Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Upholstery, Oak

Rare 19th Century Napoleon III Velvet Sofa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
French sofa from the 19th century, Napoleon III period, the upholstery was redone in velvet in the 1960s, normal wear but in very good condition, France, 1870s.
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of French Napoleon III Sofas
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Stunning pair of French sofa's in the Napoleon III style, circa 1880. These classic sofa's feature an elegantly shaped frame which includes their...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Rare 19th Century Napoleon III Brocade Sofa and Two Armchairs
Located in Puglia, Puglia
French sofa and two armchairs from the 19th century, Napoleon III period. The whole set has been restored and the upholstery replaced with a beautiful Italian Brocade...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Brocade, Beech

19th Century French Louis XV Giltwood Canape or Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Louis XV giltwood canape or sofa displays the grandeur and opulence of the Rococo style during one of its revivals of the Napoleon III era. The gracious, naturali...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Silk, Giltwood

Style Napoleon III Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An unsual french settee, the settee is heavily tufted and trimmed with matching tassels and contrasting fringe, very good condition, sold as is.
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1960s French Vintage Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Large French 19th C Napoleon III Tufted Sofa
Located in Buchanan, NY
Large scale Napoleon III sofa with cabriole legs. The back is heavily tufted as are the rolled arms. The sofa has been stripped down to the mus...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Fabric

Antique French Parlour Settee in Tropics 'Fan Palm' Fabric
Located in Hastings, GB
A very rare antique French Parlour Settee, upholstered in our exclusive Tropics 'Fan Palm' fabric This exceptional French settee dating from around 1...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Cotton, Wood

Late 19th Century Vintage French Napoleon III Settee Reupholstered White Linen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Period French Napoleon III sofa in ebonized wood, with decorative brass filet (strip) and turned and fluted front legs resting on brass rings,...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

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Wood

Pair of Mohair and Silk Striped Sofa's
Located in Spencertown, NY
The upholstery with studs, gimp and fringe, with velvet back and sides.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Napoleon III Sofas

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Mohair, Silk

French Napoleon III Upholstered Sofa in Ebonized Wood, circa 1870
Located in Miami, FL
Period French Napoleon III sofa in ebonized wood, with triple hump-camel back and turned and fluted front legs resting on casters, with uphols...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Napoleon 3 Style Sofa Covered with Satin, circa 1950, Baroque
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Napoleon 3 style sofa covered with satin, circa 1950, baroque all covered with yellow satin, slightly discolored satin, and small spots.
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1950s French Vintage Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Wood, Satin

Rope Twist Napoleon III Style Suite Seating Armchair & Settee Chesterfield Sofa
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely suite of Napoleon III style early 20th century Rope Twist seating A stunning little suite, the armchairs come up for sale occasional...
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Early 20th Century English Napoleon III Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Napoleon Iii sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Napoleon III 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 Napoleon III sofas made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and England pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original sofas, popular names associated with this style include 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 $1,895 and tops out at $20,000 while the average work can sell for $4,983.

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