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Neoclassical Sofas

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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Style: Neoclassical
Classic Tufted Curved Back Sofa - Blue
Located in Westwood, NJ
Classic tufted Curved back bench seat sofa. Curvaceous and shapely, with traditional elements like button-tufting and decorative nailhead trim, this bench seat sofa also conveys a mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Patinated Wood and Gold Leaf Seven Pieces Suit, France, Late 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Patinated wood and gold leaf seven pieces suit. Attributed to Maison Jansen, France, late 19th century. One large sofa, two armchairs and four chairs. Dimensions: Large sofa: 106 c...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Sofas

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Gold Leaf

Swedish Neoclassical Style Upholstered Bench with Egyptian Revival Carvings
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish neoclassical style bench from the 19th century with upholstered seat. This antique bench from Sweden features a neoclassical design with Egyptian Revival carved arm posts, ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Sofas

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Upholstery, Birch

Custom Curved Sofa with Wood Base and Loose Seat Cushion on Wood Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Geneva sofa is the larger companion to the Verona sofa - same styling but slightly larger proportions - its Verona's soulmate - same strong maple framing with handcrafted upholst...
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2010s American Neoclassical Sofas

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Fabric

White and Grey Loveseat by Modenese with Telephone Stand and Drawer
Located in PADOVA, IT
Modenese can take over your whole interior design project. As shown by its huge collections, baroque and classic living are a true specialty for the Italian brand. This bright lovese...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

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Gold Leaf

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 Sofas

Materials

Brass

Red-Striped Rococo Loveseat with Gold Leaf by Modenese Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Add a classic touch to your private mansion living areas with this slim and lovely two-seater loveseat by Modenese Luxury Interiors, showing up in one of our baroque catalogues. It f...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

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Gold Leaf

George Smith “Captain's" Swivel Office Armchair in Brown Leather
Located in Whalley, GB
Hello Friends. On offer on this occasion is a superb, pristine George Smith "Captain's" Swivel, Adjustable-Height Armchair, dressed in their peerless, elegant, highly-seductive an...
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2010s British Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather

Curved Sofa with Scroll Arms and Loose Seat Cushion with Wrap around Wood Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Verona sofa, part of the signature collection of LF Upholstery, is a new take on a Classic style - inverted scroll arms with a shaped back and a loose seat cushion made of soft f...
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2010s American Neoclassical Sofas

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Mahogany

Custom Sofa with Wood Surround at Arms with Loose Back and Side Cushions
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Our version of the timeless St. Thomas sofa - we call the Carnot - with square notched arms, feather and down back and side cushions and a hand rolled mattress edge seat with self bu...
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2010s American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Classic Tufted Love Seat
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Classic tufted two-seat sofa with a bicast bonded chocolate-colored vintage style leather upholstery, with a tufted cushion backrest, and sides with two cushions on square tapered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

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Faux Leather, Wood

Modern Large Sofa with Large Pull Out Table and Metal Details on Wood Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Irving sofa is where form meets function - this sofa has loose back and seat cushions made of soft foam with feather and down - the square arms have a notch to allow the seat cus...
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2010s American Neoclassical Sofas

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Linen, Mahogany

Sofa Versailles, Capitonné Backrest, Italy
Located in Quinto di Treviso, Treviso
VG furniture represent luxury in terms of exclusivity, distinction and high quality. They are the result of sophisticated and exclusive design with a strong identity and are the outc...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Spruce, Plywood

Sofa Versailles, Capitonné Backrest, Gold Faux Leather, Italy
Located in Quinto di Treviso, Treviso
VG furniture represent luxury in terms of exclusivity, distinction and high quality. They are the result of sophisticated and exclusive design with a strong identity and are the outc...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Spruce, Plywood

Italian Venetian Carved Floral Settee
Located in New York, NY
Italian Venetian (18th century) cream painted and gilt trimmed carved floral design settee with roll arms and carving on back (restorations to interior frame).
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Sofa Neoclassical Walnut Padded Emilia Romagna, Italy, 2nd Half 1700
Located in Milano, IT
Emilian neoclassical sofa supported by curved legs ending in curled feet, the lower band is shaped and decorated with rocaille and love knot carvings. The backrest is made up of four...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

French Line Modern Lounge Sofa Tete a Tete
Located in Sarasota, FL
This French Tete a Tete lounge is upholstered in fine cream leather, having large squares making up the seat area. There is an opening in the middle back and low arm area to both sid...
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1970s North American Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather

Leather, Modern Copa Sofa
Located in New York, NY
This original copa sofa offer the most comfort and a warm hospitality. Standing out for its versatility and adaptability to the space, it always upholds extraordinary comfort as the ...
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2010s Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Delicate Loveseat in White Tones and Grey Upholstery by Modenese
Located in PADOVA, IT
Wrap up your classy villa living areas with this slim and delicate two-seater loveseat by Modenese Luxury Interiors, showing up in one of our most sold catalogues. It features an ivo...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Gold Leaf

Classic Tufted Curved Back Sofa
Located in Westwood, NJ
Classic tufted curved back bench seat sofa. Curvaceous and shapely, with traditional elements like button-tufting and decorative nailhead trim, this bench seat sofa also conveys a mo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mahogany Duncan Phyfe Sofa
Located in Copake Falls, NY
An American classical style Duncan Phyfe three seat sofa. Carved throughout with swag details on the flat crest rail, rosettes in front of rolled arms and reeded lines on the apron. ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Cotton, Wood, Mahogany

Bottle Green Suede Sofa
Located in Warsaw, PL
A beautiful neoclassical sofa made of brown, wood, malachite and suede in an unusual shade of bottle green. Intensive color is a great asset and decoration of many interior.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Malachite, Bronze

Neoclassical Style Large Caned Sofa
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A large neoclassical style caned sofa. Clean lines throughout with a flat crest rail, carved at the center with scrolled acanthus. Outward rolled arms are topped with rosettes above ...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Cane, Wood, Fabric

Pr. C Shape Tufted Leather Chesterfield Sofas
Located in New York, NY
Phenomenal pair of Chesterfield sofas, having fully tufted upholstery, brass stud trim, tied spring construction and down filled seat cushions. Top quality materials, construction, b...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather

Fine Floral Custom Upholstered Sofa
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A curved sofa with rolled back and arms and single seat cushion. With a deep tailored skirt, raised on upholstered square tapering legs. With three matching back cushions and two sid...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Princess Four Seater Sofa in Velvety Purple Capitonne Upholstery Made in Italy
Located in PADOVA, IT
Drifting in the ultra relaxing ambience of this luxe four seater sofa. Perfect in bringing your personal touch into the louging area. It features a beautiful velvety purple capitonne...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf

Carved Wood Grotto Style Sofa with a Metal Leaf Finish
Located in Dallas, TX
A carved wood grotto style sofa with a metal leaf finish. This sofa is very comfortable and is not an antique.
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Philadelphia Neoclassic Upholstered Mahogany Sofa
Located in Kenilworth, IL
American Neoclassic sofa with mahogany frame upholstered in silk with contrasting gimp. The crest rail has a panel of branch crotch mahogany book matched across the length of the sof...
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1830s American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Mahogany

French Neo Classic Cubus Mahogany Meridienne Sofa
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Neo Classic Cubus mahogany framed meridienne sofa with ram's horn arms. The sofa is constructed of solid mahogany with no secondary woods or veneers. The seat and back frame is uphol...
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1820s French Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wool, Upholstery, Mahogany

American Mahogany Classical Swan Sofa, Philadelphia, Circa 1815
Located in Charleston, SC
American mahogany classical upholstered sofa with swans head arm rest, carved corner cornucopia, and terminating on ebonized lions paw feet. Philadelphia.
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

1960s Vintage Wicker Rattan Loveseat and Chair Set in Floral Upholstery,2 Pieces
Located in Germantown, MD
Wicker loveseat and chair in excellent condition. Cushions optional. Loveseat measures 54W x 30D x 33.5H Seat Height is 15" without cushion. Seat interior Depth is 20" Seat Interior ...
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Mid-20th Century Philippine Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wicker, Rattan, Foam

Neoclassical Daybed, Switzerland 19th Century
Located in Belmont, MA
Neoclassical Daybed, Switzerland 19th century This unique daybed is made of cherry wood. The slightly bent armrest are decorated with hand-carved decor. At the upper end of the slen...
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1830s Swiss Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Cherry

18th Century Venetian Settee
Located in Rochester, NY
`Antique 18th century Venetian settee in beautifully aged old painted and worn parcel gilded surface. Early construction. Losses to gilding showing underlying gesso and bare wood. Pa...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Classic Leather Sofa Couch
By Classic
Located in New York, NY
Comfy burgundy leather sofa, with brass studs. Classic form, original condition, clean, ready to use. Cushions do sit flat, they were just not placed correctly in the photo.
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6443
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
Modular sofa characterized by a soft backrest that enhances the comfort. The wooden carved legs improves the classic look of the sofa and give a more elegant feeling. On the backre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

Early 19th Century Yew Wood Baltic Empire Sofa
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A neoclassical tufted diminutive sofa with yew wood frame and brass inlay. This sofa is attributed to be from the Baltic region and made in the first quarter of the 19th century. Rec...
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Early 19th Century Baltic Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Silk, Yew

Philadelphia Neoclassical Empire Sofa, Attributable to Joseph Barry, circa 1830
By Joseph Barry
Located in Miami, FL
Anything but demure, this handsome and beautifully-crafted neoclassical sofa from Philadelphia is very likely the work of prominent cabinetmaker Joseph B. Barry (1757-1839). With wor...
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1830s American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Brass, Ormolu

Beautiful Neoclassical Sofa by Maison Jansen, France, 1970s
Located in Echt, NL
Neoclassical sofa in excellent condition Manufactured by Maison Jansen, France 1970s The sofa is upholstered in a beautiful thick burgundy natural leather which is in excellent...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Brass

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 5939
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6439
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa characterized by a soft backrest that enhances the comfort. The wooden carved legs improves the classic look of the sofa and give a more elegant feeling. On the backr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6236
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
2 seater sofa without friezes.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 5639
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
Three seater sofa characterized by a soft backrest perfectly shaped that enhances the comfort. The wooden frame improves the classic look of the sofa and give a more elegant feeling...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6436
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
2 seater sofa characterized by a soft backrest that enhances the comfort. The wooden carved legs improves the classic look of the sofa and give a more elegant feeling. On the backr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Metal Base Neoclassic, 6739
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa.   
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Metal

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Metal Base Neoclassic, 6736
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
2 seater sofa.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Metal

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6239
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa without friezes.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Leather

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6639
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Metal

Swedish 1880s Neoclassical Style Painted Sofa with Carved Rail and Scrolled Arms
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish painted wood Neoclassical style sofa from the late 19th century with original paint, carved crest and new upholstery. This Swedish painted sofa features a slightly slanted ...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

American Tiger Maple Bench, Great for Hall Way Bench or Bench at Foot of Bed
Located in Buchanan, MI
American tiger maple bench, great for hall way bench or bench at foot of bed. Seat height could be adjusted depending on the height of the cushion one had made.
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Birdseye Maple

Mahogany Set, Elisabeth II Style, Spain, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Elizabethan triplet in mahogany wood, 19th century. Tresillo with carved floral motifs, four cabriolet legs, curved and partially upholstered short arms, and "a la reine" oval uniper...
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19th Century Spanish Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Marc Jacobs Floral Eagle Settee
Located in New York, NY
Marc Jacobs floral eagle settee. Empire painted and parcel-gilt carved settee with finely carved eagle arm terminals and Marc Jacobs silk floral fabric; newly re-upholstered and re-e...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wood, Silk

Vintage Curved Woven Wicker Sofa
Located in Dallas, TX
Unique vintage curved woven wicker sofa in the style of Wicker Works, circa 1980s. Heavy and very sturdy. No breaks or damage to wicker - fantastic vintage condition! Would look amaz...
Category

1980s Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wicker

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