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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. 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.

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
Baker Furniture Velvet Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous, golden velvet sofa with antiqued brass nailhead trim and goose-down loose seat cushion by Baker Furniture. Excellent pre-owned condition with minor wear and blemishes fro...
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Early 2000s American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Velvet

Vintage 19th Century Duncan Phyfe Sofa in Barrow Fabric
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in Saint Louis, US
An undeniably beautiful and coveted antique 19th Century Duncan Phyfe sofa upholstered in a feline Onyx Merramec Barrow fabric. One of the brilliant...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Foam, Mahogany, Fabric

Pair of Exquisite 19th C. Neoclassical Style Mahogany Recamiers
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very fine pair of Diminutive Neoclassical Style Recamiers. The square curved legs ending in brass paw capped feet on casters. Custom upholstered in a brown and ecru silky stripe. E...
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Mahogany

Ralph Lauren Aran Isles Three Seat Sofa & Pair of Armchairs Suite
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this exquisite pair of RRP £30,300 Ralph Lauren Aran Isles sofa and armchair suite upholstered in Scottish w...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Hardwood, Wool

Chesterfield Loveseat in Caramel Tufted Leather
Located in Bridgeport, CT
With high rolled and out curved arms and button tufted back and deep skirt. With two shaped seat cushions. Nail head trim and raised on wooden bun feet. Very well made and quite comf...
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20th Century Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

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

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

Antique Duncan Phyfe Style Mahogany Sofa Newly Upholstered in White Silk
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Duncan Phyfe Style Finely Carved Mahogany Parlor Sofa Newly Upholstered in Elegant White Patterned Silk Blend Upholstery This exquisite antique Duncan Phyfe style parlor sof...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Silk, Upholstery, Mahogany

Late 20th-C. Yellow Damask Tufted Sofa / Settee With Down Cushion By Baker Furn.
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a butter yellow damask sofa or settee by Baker Furniture Company. It is in very good condition, and it is marked. The cushion is a down wrap. The piece dates to the later par...
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Late 20th Century North American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Down

Italian Neoclassical Baroque Style Sofa with fine floral silk upholstery
Located in Plainview, NY
A stunning Italian neoclassical baroque Three-Seater Sofa, a symphony of opulence and comfort designed to adorn your space with unrivaled elegance. Carved from the finest materials,...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wood

Six Piece Rattan Ficks Reed Set, Two 94" Rattan Sofas, Chair, Ottoman Two Tables
Located in Stamford, CT
A spectacular pair of Ficks Reed rattan sofas in an original factory finish: a pale blue wash. Original cushions to use or for reupholstery. All...
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1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Rattan, Wood

C. 1840's Antique American Classical Mahogany, Tapestry Style Upholstery, Sofa!!
Located in Austin, TX
Handsome Antique Sofa, American Classical Mahogany, Tapestry Style Upholstery, Circa 1840's, 19th Century!! Experience the charm of a classic American mahogany sofa from the mid-19th century with this antique piece. Upholstered in striking multicolor tapestry fabric, this sofa features scrolled feet and carved stiles that add to its elegant appearance. The seating area is perfect for conversation and can accommodate up to four people, making it ideal for your entryway, foyer, living room, or guest room. This circa 1840's antique sofa is a beautiful settee that brings a touch of Victorian style to any space. The upholstery fabric is complemented by the mahogany frame in brown, and the sofa comes as a unit that requires no assembly or additional parts. The model is perfect for creating a seating area where you and your guests can relax and enjoy each other's company. American Classical Mahogany Sofa...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Black Chesterfield Sofa
Located in Westwood, NJ
A vintage style classic English Chesterfield leather upholstered sofa, with top-grain leather. With a tufted backrest and rollover arms, and two padded cushions raised on turned maho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Antique French Neoclassical Style Carved Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Materials: Cherry Wood, Inlaid Woods, Original Upholstery Style: French Neoclassical
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1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Cherry

Elegant Neoclassical Bronze and Velvet Sofa by Jacques Quinet, France 1948.
Located in Brussels, BE
Neoclassical bronze sofa recently reupholstert in rust color velvet ( City velvet collection CarluccI - JAB ), feat cushions, two bolsters available. Designed by Jaques Quinet-Franc...
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Bronze

Early 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Painted and Parcel Gilt Sofa or Canape
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An important French Neoclassical painted & parcel gilt canapé first quarter 19th century Lombardy, Italy. The backrest with paneled top rail decorated with wreaths, the wooden armres...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Galvin Classic Leather Sofa
Located in Westwood, NJ
With three loose back cushions and boxed cushion seats, with scrolling arms, raised on square tapered legs, with nailhead trim details. A classic design that works well with almost ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Galvin Classic Sofa
Located in Westwood, NJ
With scrolling arms, raised on square tapered legs, with nailhead trim details. A classic design that works well with almost any decor. Completely Made in USA, with traditional 8-...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Lucania Cythera Sofa
Located in București, RO
Lucana Cythera Sofa Introducing our luxurious Lucania Cythera Sofa from the Mas A Tierra collection, featuring exquisite velvet upholstery. This unique design showcases hand-painted ...
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2010s Romanian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Beech, Feathers

Lucania Centuries Sofa
Located in București, RO
Lucania Centuries Sofa Elevate your livingroom to new heights of grandeur and elegance with the captivating Lucania Centuries sofa. Its imposing presence...
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2010s Romanian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Feathers

French Neoclassical Sofa Donna Jacquard Champagne Handmade Portugal
Located in Lisboa, PT
Sofa Donna, Neoclassical Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. This Sofa adds a sophisticated and refined touch to any li...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Gold Plate

French Neoclassical Sofa Dormeuse Jacquard Champagne Handmade Portugal
Located in Lisboa, PT
Sofa Dormeuse, Neoclassical Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. The sofa Dormeuse adds a sophisticated and refined touc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Gold Leaf

French Neoclassical Christien Armchair Camel Silver Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
French Neoclassical Christien Armchair, Neoclassical collection, handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. A French Neoclassical style ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Gold Plate

Toile Tuxedo Loveseat Sofa
Located in Bradenton, FL
A Tuxedo style loveseat sofa beautifully upholstered in a toile jacquard titled “L' Abreuvoir” or ‘The Drinking Trough’ designed by Jean-Baptiste...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Jacquard

Swedish Neoclassical Period 1780s Painted Sofa with Carved Guilloche Frieze
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Neoclassical period painted wood sofa circa 1780 with oval back, carved guilloche frieze, scrolling arms, seven legs and carved rosettes. Celebrate the classical elegance w...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wood

Antique Biedermeier Sofa Made of Velvet Fabric and Carved Wood
Located in Milano, IT
Impressive Biedermeier sofa of Northern European origin from the early 1900s. The majestic sofa features a colossal wooden frame with several special fea...
Category

Early 1900s Austrian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Walnut

Early 19th Century Parcel Gilt Classical New York Sofa, circa 1820
By Deming & Bulkley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A spectacular American Empire sofa with exquisite detailing and design. One of the masterpieces of Federal New York furniture, this circa 1820 parcel gilt sofa with faux bois Rosewoo...
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1820s American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Wood

Art Deco Sumy Chaise Longue DEDAR Red Cotton Velvet Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Sumy Chaise Longue, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Sumy puts a modern twist on the traditional chaise l...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Brass

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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Late 18th Century Italian Banquette, Stato Pontificio
Located in Doylestown, PA
An extremely rare neoclassical parcel-gilt and painted banquette in the transitional Louis XV/XVI style, likely from Marche, Italy, circa 1790, carved on the back rail with the Papal crest depicting crossed keys beneath three gold crowns on a red domed tiara, bordered on either side by a carved and gilded chain. The serpentine seat rail is decorated with embossed and gilded roses and is supported by turned legs. The arms are carved in elegant scrolls. The piece retains its original blue/green painted finish, newly reupholstered in velvet fabric. The region where the piece was made was under the control of the Vatican until the 1870s and is known as the Papal States or "Stato Pontificio...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Wood

French Neoclassical Talha Real Sofa Jacquard Silver Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Talha Real Sofa, Neoclassical Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. The Talha Real sofa adds a sophisticated and refined touch to any living area. The sofa is u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Silver Leaf

Art Deco Lisboa Lounge Chair Velvet Gold Leaf Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Lisboa armchair, Modern Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. The Lisboa armchair adds a sophisticated and elegant touch to any living area. The armchair is uph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Gold Leaf

Sofa Versailles, Capitonné Backrest, Italy
Located in 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...
Category

2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Spruce, Plywood

19th Century Russian Neoclassical Flame Mahogany Sofa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th Century Russian Neoclassical flame mahogany sofa Russia, 19th Century A fine example of 19th Century Russian Neoclassical furniture...
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Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Classic Tufted 3 Seater Sofa
Located in Westwood, NJ
Classic Tufted 3 seater sofa, With a tufted and rolled backrest and arms, with a two-boxed seat cushion, wonderful detail nailheads and turned and taper...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather

Philadelphia Neoclassic Upholstered Mahogany Sofa, 1830
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 sofa back. The scrolled arms, lion’s paw legs...
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1830s American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Mahogany

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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Swedish Neoclassical Style Carved Gilt-Wood & Upholstered Sofa Bench, 19th C.
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Neoclassic style gilt-wood and upholstered sofa bench from the 19th century. This antique sofa from Sweden, approximately 5.75 feet in...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

18th Century Painted 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 und...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Neoclassical Daybed style of Henri Jacob (1753-1824), France 19th century
Located in Belmont, MA
Neoclassical Daybed, France 19th century Unique Neoclassical daybed, the slightly bent armrests are decorated with hand-carved decor showing a rosette in a diamond shaped field and a...
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1820s French Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Cherry

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 t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Delicate Loveseat in White Tones and Grey Upholstery by Modenese
Located in PADOVA, Italy
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

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

Princess Four Seater Sofa in Velvety Purple Capitonne Upholstery Made in Italy
Located in PADOVA, Italy
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

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

Materials

Gold Leaf

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, 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. On the backrest and on the sitting pillows...
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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 m...
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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.
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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 m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sofa with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6239
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
3 seater sofa without friezes.
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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.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Metal

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 mo...
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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.   
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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

American Mahogany Classical Swan Sofa, Philadelphia, Circa 1815
Located in Hollywood, SC
American mahogany classical upholstered sofa with swans head arm rest, carved corner cornucopia, and terminating on ebonized lions paw feet....
Category

18th Century and Earlier American Antique Neoclassical Sofas

Sofa Versailles, Capitonné Backrest, Gold Faux Leather, Italy
Located in 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...
Category

2010s Italian Neoclassical Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Spruce, Plywood

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

Neoclassical sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Neoclassical 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 wood, fabric and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Neoclassical sofas made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, 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 Carpanese Home Italia, GF Modern, Greenapple, and Modenese Gastone. 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 $2,250 and tops out at $40,292 while the average work can sell for $10,014.

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