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Neoclassical Seating

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
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 Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

GREGSON Mid 20th Century Black Vinyl Office Chair
Located in Charlotte, NC
A vintage Traditional style office side chair by Gregson Manufacturing, of Liberty, North Carolina, USA. Solid walnut frame with black faux leather (vinyl) upholstery, square back, b...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Metal

Classic Style Gilded and Ebonized Bench, Upholstered in Faux Zebra Cowhide
Located in San Francisco, CA
This ottoman was hand crafted in the Neo Classic Style, and is striking in it's simplicity and choice of finishes and material. In the visual arts the European movement called "...
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1990s American Neoclassical Seating

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Cowhide, Wood

Vintage Brass Chiavari Chair, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Beautiful and elegant Chiavari chair in polished brass and a yellow fabric seat. Designed by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi and produced since the early 19th century in the Ligurian to...
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1960s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Brass

1990s Ethan Allen Swan Silk Lounge Arm Chairs With Accent Pillows - a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Ethan Allen gilded upholstered lounge arm chairs with accent pillows. Excellent condition. Chair measures 23"W x 25"D x 37"H. Seat height is 18" and arm Height is 26".
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Late 20th Century North American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Hardwood, Giltwood, Paint

Early 19th Century Swedish Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
An early 19th century Swedish desk chair with original paints in a duck egg grey. Upholstered in linen and horse hair.
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Early 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

Vintage Klismos Chair by T H Robsjohn Gibbings for John Widdicomb, USA, 80s/90s
Located in Hastings, GB
A rare vintage Klismos chair by T H Robsjohn Gibbings - this is the Bexley Heath edition for John Widdicomb. Fully labelled. Walnut with original leather cord seat. Excellent conditi...
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1980s American Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

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 Seating

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century Continental Diminutive Side Chair
Located in Doylestown, PA
19th century continental diminutive side chair in Fruitwood, upholstered seat cushion in vintage African Kuba Cloth.
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

Romantic Ornate Antique French Black Iron Bench with Birds and Nymph
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Magnificent vintage black iron bench with ornate decoration having central oval mandala with seated nymph surrounded by intertwining vines, birds, and foliage. Note: Pair available ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Iron

Wood and Gold Leaf Three Piece Suite, France, Late 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Wood and gold leaf three piece suite. France, late 19th century. Attributed to Maison Jansen. Dimensions: Large sofa: 91 cm height, 137 cm width, 67 cm depth, 48 cm seat height....
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Brass Vanity Chair with Ivory Boucle Seat
Located in Chicago, IL
A vintage cast metal vanity or accent chair with a harp shaped back and a hand applied finish on the iron frame. The original fabric has been replaced with an Italian Ivory Boucle se...
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1950s North American Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Metal

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 Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Leather

Pair of Fine Regency Style Paint Decorated Armchairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Ebonized frames with gilt details overall. The square backs with scrolled crest rails. The arms with carved rosettes on the ends over female beaded protomes on tops of the supports. ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood

Rare Neoclassical Style Side Chair with Caduceus Crest
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very rare caduceus carved back to a traditional neoclassical style side chair. The richly historical and ancient Caduceus symbol features well carved wings and the two Classic intert...
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood

Vintage Angelo Cappellini Bergere Armchair
Located in Miami, FL
Offered for sale is an upholstered and classical styled bergere armchair from Angelo Cappellini. The chair is supported by a finely carved wood frame on thin carved legs with stiff a...
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1990s Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Custom Louis XVI Style Carved Bergere, Office or Armchairs
Located in Stamford, CT
A fine pair of French custom Louis XVI style carved bergere or armchairs each in a nice fabric with carved lines and open side arms.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Early 19th Century French Empire Regency Mahogany Side Chair with Bronze Ormolu
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Early 19th century mahogany side chair with bronze ormolu. Item features finely cast bronze ormolu, rounded back with carved top rail, beautiful crotch mahogany veneer, drop seat wit...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Italian Neoclassical Style Window Benches Creme Painted
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Italian neoclassical style window benches crème painted with gilt highlights.
Category

Late 20th Century Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Steel Windsor Chair
Located in Providence, RI
Windsor chair in steel, circa 1930, manufactured by Simmons Furniture Company. Chair has been professionally re-painted in a battleship gray paint. We can have this chair re-painted ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Steel

Early 19th Century Italian Curule Walnut Bench
Located in Charleston, SC
Elegant Neoclassical Italian bench, circa 1815, with a curulean frame and coral suede upholstery was made in the early 19th Century. A related example can be found on page 315 in "It...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Neoclassical Klismos Stools
Located in Dubai, AE
Pair of stools in burr walnut and leather straps USA, 1970s.
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1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Leather, Burl

Italian Neoclassical Style Carved Bergère Chair in Leopard Velvet
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a Italian neoclassical style carved bergère chair. The frame is painted ivory with turquoise contrasting color. The leopard velvet is recent.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Velvet, Wood

19th-C. Italian Neo-Classical Style Bergere Chairs with Cast Bronze Rams, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These are so elegant! This is a pair of late 19th century Italian neo-classical style arm chairs. The frame is a carved mahogany with peg construction. The grey linen blend upholster...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Bronze

Six Super Light Chiavarina Dining Chairs, Painted Wood, Wicker Seat, Italy, 1940
Located in Berlin, DE
Six super light 'Chiavarina' dining chairs in black lacquered beech, cherry or maple wood with original braided wicker seat. This chair, model 'Campanino' was created by Giuseppe Gae...
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1940s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wicker, Wood

Neoclassical Wrought Iron & Bronze Bench, France, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Elegant bench in patinated wrought iron and bronze. The sabots are reminiscent of Giacometti's work for Jean-Michel Frank. 3 benches are available; the price is for one.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Bronze, Wrought Iron

Set of Seven Neoclassical Hand Painted Dining Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent set of seven neoclassical dining chairs including three armchairs and four side chairs, for a total of seven chairs in all. Upholstered seats and backrest. Stunning ha...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood

17th Century Tuscan Cassapanca or Bench with a Family Crest
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning 17th century Tuscan cassapanca or hand decorated bench with a family crest. This lovely bench or hall bench has a lid that lifts with storage inside. Our Italian painted ben...
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17th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood

Set of Five Brown Jordan Florentine Aluminum Counter Barstools
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Classic set of five aluminum counter height bar stools designed by Brown Jordan from their Florentine collection. Crafted from wrought aluminum with a dark jade green anodized finish...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Classical Garden Bench in Faux Ver Di Gris Finish Att. to Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful classical style garden bench of wrought iron in a faux ver Di Gris finish. The bench has a grid pattern strap metal top, with decorative cirlicue legs. Well crafted and in ...
Category

Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wrought Iron

Italian Painted and Parcel Gilt Leather Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom serpentine shaped bench made with antique Italian painted and parcel gilt fluted legs with capital feet. The bench is newly upholstered in chestnut colored leather with self c...
Category

Early 1900s Italian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood, Giltwood

Early 20th-C. American Inlaid Mahogany Barrelback Settee in Green Velvet
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a beautiful classic piece. It is an early twentieth century inlaid mahogany barrelback settee upholstered in a vintage green velvet. The velvet is in very good condition.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

Chandler Armchairs by Robert Brown in Truffle Lacquer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Black lacquer studded. A pair of studded Chandler armchairs from the Robert Brown Collection. The chair's frame is finished in black lacquer. Designed by Robert Brown in Atlanta, ha...
Category

2010s Great Britain (UK) Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Lacquer

Edward Ferrell French Style Slipper Chair
Located in Southampton, NJ
Edward Ferrell Ltd. Modern French style slipper chair with Neoclassical styling to the tapered & spade terminated legs. Suitable for a variety of uses including, side, occasional or ...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Abalone, Upholstery, Cherry, Mahogany

Bespoke Gilded Armchair in Ivory Capitonne and Lion Carvings
Located in PADOVA, IT
Luxury capitonne armchair with unique lion foot carved design. The seats are in mixed fabric and leather pattern. The capitonne upholstering is elegant in shape but yet very comforta...
Category

2010s Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf

Ivory and Grey Bar Stool by Modenese Luxury Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Lavish neoclassical bar stool in bright ivory finish and antiqued polishing with grey fabric upholstery both in the seating and in the backrest, featuring a golden metal round frame....
Category

2010s Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Elegant Empire Style Burl Wood Tub Chair by Wm. Switzser, Vancouver
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Burl wood frame with high back in a closed arm tub shape in sections and sloping arms. Raised on square tapering legs, splayed in back. Custom upholstered in a pale greige silk or ...
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20th Century Canadian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Burl

Wood Bench with Solid Seat and Hand-Carved Detail on Frame
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Dubois bench by LF Upholstery is a hand-carved bench serving as an example of craftsmanship at its best. Available in choice of size in 3 different wood finishes, this bench has ...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Linen, Oak

Bisquit Tufted Dining Side Chair with Wood Legs and Balloon Shaped Back
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Clara chair is a classic style with an all upholstered back and seat with hand stitched bisquit tufting and buttons covered in same material, seat has hand tied springs and paddi...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

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.
Category

19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Birdseye Maple

Italian Neoclassical Style Mahogany Cane Seat Bench Settee
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Handsome early 20th century Italian mahogany two seat bench or settee. The bench is crafted in the neoclassical taste featuring a square back with Greco Roman column motif splats. Th...
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

André Arbus Pair of Ash Wood Neoclassical Armchairs, 1940s
Located in Paris, FR
These elegant André Arbus armchairs are sure to add an element of French neoclassicism chic to any room in your home. They were designed and produced by André Arbus for the headquart...
Category

1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Brass

1970s Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman Club Chairs With Accent Pillows, a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Featured is a pair of luxurious Edward Ferrell and Lewis Mittman club chairs finely upholstered in mustard, yet elegant, fabric. Both chairs come two matching accent pillows. Edward...
Category

1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Hardwood

Pair of White Lacquered "Curulle" Chairs Att. Poillerat, France 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Pair of white lacquered wrought iron "Curulle" chairs attibuted to Poillerat. France, 1950's. Brass "Bobeches" on top of each side of back rest. Interesting intricate wrought iron "f...
Category

1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Brass, Steel

21st Century Red Satin and Dark Walnut Piano Stool by Modenese Gastone Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Use your freetime wisely and confortably: try to seat on soft, delicate upholstery featured in elegant poufs from Modenese Interiors, high-end furniture producer from Padova, Italy. ...
Category

2010s Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

French Louis XVI Hot Air Balloon Back Montgolfier Zebra Print Fauteuil Armchair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis XVI hot air balloon back Montgolfier zebra print fauteuil armchair. Item features upholstered armrests, nicely carved details, tapered legs, very nice vintage item, grea...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood

Italian Neoclassical Carved Black and Gold Settee Bench
Located in West Hartford, CT
Exquisite Italian neoclassical black painted settee with a gold gilt finish and rush seat in excellent condition. Stunning details include a carved musical motif of a lyre and trumpe...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Antique Neoclassical Wrought Iron Outdoor Garden Scrolling Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Italian Neoclassical style wrought iron outdoor garden scrolling arm chairs - a pair. Item features heavy wrought iron metal frames, scrolling arms, stretcher base, quality c...
Category

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wrought Iron

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 Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Round Pouf on Steel Metal Base with Faux Animal Skin and Self Welt at the Seat
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lido Pouf is the fun younger sister to the Colle pouf shown in faux animal skin with a steel metal base - it can be used as an ottoman or pull up table and can be made custom to ...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Steel

Wrought Iron and Brass Curule Chairs, 1960's
Located in Rochester, NY
Four wrought iron metal mesh classical style curule form chairs ( three side chairs and one armchair ) with brass urn finials at top posts in overall nicely aged original surface. Lo...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wrought Iron

Vintage French Empire Style Hand-Carved Curule Upholstered X Frame Black Bench
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very attractive early 20th Century hand carved French Neoclassic / Empire Style X-Form Bench with lightly distressed finish, dramatic whimsical form rolled arms, and beautiful hand c...
Category

1930s French Vintage Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Pair of Hand Carved Gilt Wood Arm Chars by Galimberti Lino, Italy
Located in Lambertville, NJ
An elegant pair of hand craved neoclassical armchairs with gilt decoration. Made in Italy by Galimberti Lino. The back and arms with a dolphin motif with gilt trim all around the fra...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

1940's Neoclassical Black Lacquered Armchair
Located in Rochester, NY
A black lacquered 1940's Regency klismos form chair. Structurally solid. Great looking. Look at all pictures and read condition report in comment section.
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

19th Century Russian Giltwood Armchair
Located in Essex, MA
Period Early 19th Century Russian Giltwood and Painted Armchair or Bergere. In style of Rossi. Incredible proportion and size. Good size for modern sitting. Gilding over original gil...
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Giltwood

Shaped Curve Back Dining Side Chair with Self Button Detail and Nailhead Detail
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Menton chair is a beautifully styled side chair shown in off white fabric with and self covered buttons on the inside back - nailhead trim outlining the grace and lines of this c...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Linen, Mahogany

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 Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

Rounded Tub Club Chair on Swivel Shown in Linen Fabric with Wood Arm Post Detail
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Vila Club Chair from LF Collection is a great addition to any room - shown with off white linen fabric but also available made to order in COM - with mahogany wood post details i...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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