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Medieval Furniture

MEDIEVAL STYLE

The Middle Ages in Europe followed the end of the Roman Empire, and in this time of change, which preceded the Renaissance, furniture was simple and utilitarian, with most homes having only the necessities like chests and benches. Much of medieval furniture, which was often made in oak or walnut, was built for the elite, particularly the emerging merchant class who owned multiple homes.

Life for many in the medieval era was unstable, and furniture was designed to be functional and portable. Peasants worked the fields for affluent landowners and didn’t have access to literature in the way that nobles and people of the church did (women less so than men). The furniture in their modest dwellings was typically limited to cookware and a handful of stools. Foldable chairs, while uncommon in homes of the early Middle Ages and emblematic of wealth, like all other furnishings of the time, allowed for easy transportation of a household. Trestle tables with detachable legs and collapsible beds were designed to be simply moved from place to place.

Medieval blanket chests were among the most important furniture objects and could further serve as tables or even beds. Some ancient traditions were carried forward to build this sturdy furniture, such as turnery. Although the furniture was minimally designed, embellishments like carvings added elegance to the heavy wood pieces. These details sometimes reflected trends in religious art like rose windows.

By the later Middle Ages, storage pieces like chests of drawers were often adorned with high relief carvings, such as geometric and floral motifs. By the 14th and 15th centuries, design had developed to include more involved pieces like cupboards and desks, while benches frequently doubled as chests with hinged seats. Beds also changed in this era from basic boards to four-post designs with large drapes to keep the sleeper warm. These beds and other medieval bedroom furniture were significant status symbols, passed down through families and used as places to conduct business and receive visitors.

Surviving examples of medieval furniture are very rare, yet its distinctive aesthetics influenced later styles like William and Mary and Arts and Crafts.

Find a collection of medieval seating, garden elements, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Medieval
Original Antique Print of a 13th Century Illumination, circa 1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful print of a 13th century illumination. Chromolithograph Published circa 1900 Unframed. The measurement is the paper size
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Early 1900s English Antique Medieval Furniture

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Paper

Yellow, Worn Wool Hand Knotted, Vintage Persian Karajeh Distressed Look Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous Hand-Knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1960s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Wool

Semi Antique Persian Bakhtiari with Golden Panel Design Sheared Low Handmade Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous hand knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1960s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

Materials

Wool

Imperial Red Vintage Persian Hamadan Pure Wool Hand Knotted Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous Hand-Knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1960s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

Materials

Wool

16th Century Late Gothic Limestone Gargoyle
Located in Richmond, VA
A late Gothic limestone gargoyle water spout. Original iron bracket in central gutter. Stunning hairline cracking in stone due to old age. Perfect o...
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15th Century and Earlier French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Limestone

Green Overdyed Patchwork Vintage Persian Pure Wool Hand Knotted Oriental Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous hand-knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1960s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Wool

1960s Italian Brutalist Mediavel Iron and Ceramic Floor Standing Candleholder
Located in London, GB
A stunning handcrafted floor standing Brutalist Italian candleholder manufactured circa 1960s. A very heavy and well made piece with six candleholders in total. Five around the out...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Medieval Furniture

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Wrought Iron

19th Century Italian Alabaster Carved Head Of A Bishop Saint
Located in Stamford, CT
19th century Italian carved alabaster head of a saint wearing a bishop's mitre in the Gothic style. Though a fragment, the intense gaze of this small carving gives it a lot of presence. Rendered by a master carver, this piece has a lot of personality. Likely an architectural fragment, the weathered surface and distressed condition only add to the appeal of this unique sculpture. Mounted on an ebonized walnut base. 10 inches high 3.5 square 5 7/8 inches high by 4 wide by 3.75 deep (head only)
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Medieval Furniture

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Alabaster

Chili Red Antique Persian Baluch Prayer Design Pure Wool Hand Knotted Clean Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous Hand-Knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1930s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Wool

Early 16th Century Stone Carving - 'The Death of a Prelate'
Located in Maidstone, GB
An Early 16th Century Stone Carving with polychrome : 'The Death of a Prelate'. The enthroned figure of a Bishop surrounded by attendants and surmounted by celestial angels.
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16th Century European Antique Medieval Furniture

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Stone

Hand Knotted, Ivory, Vintage Persian Kerman, Distressed Look, Worn Wool Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous hand-knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to m...
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1960s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Wool

1950's Italian Gothic Dragon Andirons
Located in New York, NY
Unique pair of large 1960's Italian Gothic Dragons andirons, in vintage original condition with minor wear and patina due to age and use, amazing craft...
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1960s Italian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Iron

Bobyrug’s Nice Vintage French Hand Printed Tapestry
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Discover the timeless elegance of the "Verdure des Flandres" tapestry – a stunning piece echoing 16th-century designs. Hand-printed using serigraphy on a cotton foundation, this exqu...
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Mid-20th Century French Medieval Furniture

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Cotton

Orange Antique Persian Tabriz Open Some Wear Clean Hand Knotted Pure Wool Rug
Located in Carlstadt, NJ
This fabulous hand-knotted carpet has been created and designed for extra strength and durability. This rug has been handcrafted for weeks in the traditional method that is used to make exact rug size in feet and inches : 8'8" x 12'0" main rug color : orange rug border color : navy blue other colors of the rug : ivory, light blue, pink, beige rug pile...
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1920s Persian Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Wool

Early Heavily Embossed Brass Box This is a large and heavy chest
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Early Heavily Embossed Brass Box This is a large and heavy chest is made in Brass with a wooden lining, the beaten brass is embossed with decorative gothic decoration and on the fro...
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Early 1800s Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

Gothic Refectory Table, Italy circa 1870
Located in Culver City, CA
Gothic Refectory Table Italy circa 1870 Constructed in oak, two plank top, detailed lion heads, on claw feet with casters. 77”L x 44”d x 31.25”h
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1870s Italian Antique Medieval Furniture

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Oak

Antique Medieval Style Wrought Iron Gate Guard
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique early 18th century wrought iron gate guard. Believed to originate from a Scottish castle, this large unusual gate guard’s striking spikes give a menacing, medieval look, w...
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Mid-18th Century Scottish Antique Medieval Furniture

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Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

19th Century French Two-Side Forged Iron Music Stand Lectern with Fleur-de-Lys
Located in Dallas, TX
Place your Bible or music book on this antique, double-side stand from France. Crafted, circa 1880, and built in two pieces, the Gothic "Lutrin" (French for lectern) stands on three ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Wrought Iron

19th Century French Polished Cast Iron Safe with Key and Two-Letter Combination
Located in Dallas, TX
Keep your jewelry and important documents locked up in this elegant, antique safe from the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. Crafted circa 1880, and built in cast iron, this travel...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass, Iron

Nice French Aubusson Style hand printed tapestry « verdure aux Animaux »
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Immerse yourself in the allure of this mid-20th-century French tapestry, showcasing a design inspired by a 15th-century woven masterpiece titled "verdure aux animaux " (greenery with...
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Mid-20th Century French Medieval Furniture

Materials

Cotton

1970s Vintage Knight’s Helmet Pewter Whimsical Ice Bucket
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer a vintage ice bucket, by Seymour Mann Imports, made in Japan, circa the 1970s. Add a touch of whimsy to your retro bar with this unique ice bucket, styl...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Pewter

19th Century Pair of Large Cast Iron Angel Statues
Located in Dublin 8, IE
19th Century pair of large cast iron winged angel statues depicting female figures in a subtle contrapposto pose, wearing cascading dresses. One is holding a wreath and the other a c...
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19th Century English Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron

Pair of Wrought Iron Landiers
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This very nice pair of landiers is made of wrought Iron. This is a very nice and fine French worl. 17th Century
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17th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron

EXQUISITE PAIR OF MID CENTURY MCGUIRE RATTAN GOTHIC CATHEDRAL BACK ARMCHAIRs
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of Mid Century McGuire Rattan Gothic Cathedral back armchairs Please note the delivery ...
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Mid-20th Century English Medieval Furniture

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Rattan

Antique French Wrought Iron Viking Long Boat Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Wrought Iron Viking Long Boat Chandelier will make an eye-catching Old World statement in any room! The solid wrought iron fixture resembles a Viking Long Boat, which...
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Early 20th Century French Medieval Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Ballard Designs Aris Glass Door Cabinet Modern Dome Oak Bookcase Curio Vitrine
Located in Dayton, OH
The Aris Glass Door Cabinet was inspired by a graceful European Gothic window. The cabinet features a white washed finish with custom-welded, bronze metal frame doors and matching sp...
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Late 20th Century Medieval Furniture

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Glass, Oak

19th Century French Gothic Black Forged Wrought Iron Floor Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a study of office with this elegant wrought iron floor fixture. Crafted in southern France, circa 1860, the candelabra lamp stands on a four-leg base ending with small feet....
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Late 19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Marble capital carved with acanthus leaves - Apulia, 13th century
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Marble capital carved with acanthus leaves Southern Italy, Apulia 13th century 28,5 x 53,5 x 12,5 cm This wedge-shape capital decorated with acanthus leaves and roses is character...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Medieval Furniture

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Marble

Antique French Gothic Fireplace Grate or Fire Basket, 17th - 18th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Late 17th or early 18th century French Gothic period fire grate. Hand forged of wrought iron. The condition of the basket is good.
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Early 18th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Antique French Gothic Fireplace Grate or Fire Basket, 17th - 18th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Late 17th or early 18th century French Gothic period fire grate. Hand forged of wrought iron. The condition of the basket is good.
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Early 18th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Antique Cast Figural Medieval Knight in Armor Cigar, Pipe or Cigarette Lighter
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This figural cigar lighter is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1930. The lighter is a standing figural cast and cold-painted medieval knight in armor hold...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Medieval Furniture

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Spelter

Antique Medieval Style Carved Nutwood Box w. Heraldic Coat of Arms Knight Armour
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning, highly decorative and good size Heraldic box from circa 1860. If you are a collector of truly beautiful and rare antique boxes then you will love this mid 19th century, mu...
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Mid-19th Century European Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Antique Brass Scuttle Box
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antique brass lined "treasure" box with medieval style motif. Embossed animals, nail trimming, and lion head handles. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Early 20th Century Medieval Furniture

Materials

Brass

20th Century French Gothic Decorative Storage Box with Foliage Motifs
Located in Dallas, TX
This beautifully executed square box crafted circa 1990 is embellished with a handle made into a twisted branch form with a leaf accented on either side, a latch on the front firmly ...
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Late 20th Century American Medieval Furniture

Materials

Iron

Early 20th Century Brass Book Stand
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful antique brass book stand. Adjustable angle. Estimated date and origin: France, circa 1910. Dimensions: 24 x 21 cm and 19 cm tall. The book stand is in good condition....
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1910s French Vintage Medieval Furniture

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Brass

5 Antique French Henry II Style Embossed Leather & Oak Gothic Dining Side Chairs
Located in Dayton, OH
An antique set of 5 French Henry II style dining side chairs, circa 1880s. Features an oak frame with embossed leather seat and back with pierced lower arcade accented by ornate spi...
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1880s Antique Medieval Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Pair of Emperor Throne Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of throne chairs is fully embellished with carved wood, and tufted faux leather. As seen in the Hunger Game's movie, as President Snow's throne, now you can preside over yo...
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20th Century Medieval Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of 17th Century French Cast Iron Andirons
Located in Houston, TX
These 17th-century French cast iron gothic-style andirons are a testament to the craftsmanship of the era. Intricately designed with ornate details reminiscent of Gothic architecture...
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17th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Steel, Iron

French Gothic Style 'Pillars and Pediment' Fireback / Backspash
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Gothic style fireback with two pillars of Hercules and a pediment. The pillar refers to the club of Hercules, his favorite weapon. It symbolizes power. Since ant...
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20th Century French Medieval Furniture

Materials

Iron

Set of 6 19th Century Country dining Chairs This is a charming set of
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Set of 6 19th Century Country dining Chairs This is a charming set of Oak dining chairs there are 4 single and 2 Carver chairs The chairs are in good sturdy condition and have a wo...
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19th Century Antique Medieval Furniture

Materials

Oak

Antique Brass Decorative Box - Gothic Style
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A nice antique brass box, with beautiful Gothic style scenes. The box is in good condition. Beautiful color and old patina. Estimated age and origin: Belgium, circa 1910. Dimensions:...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

19th Century French Gothic Wrought Iron Two-Light Lanterns Sconces, Set of 4
Located in Dallas, TX
For a unique lighting feature, look no further than these four elegant antique sconces. Crafted in France circa 1880, the outdoor wall lights feature a dome shaped top and dressed wi...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron

Antique Catholic Church Religious Stained Glass Double Window - Pre Hung
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Antique Catholic Church Religious Stained Glass Pre Hung Double Window.
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19th Century American Antique Medieval Furniture

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Steel, Lead

Early 20th Century Brass Box - Gothic Style
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful decorative brass box. Beautiful ornaments in gothic style. Estimated date and origin: France, circa 1910. Dimensions: 15 x 10 cm and 7 cm tall. The box is in good cond...
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Early 1900s French Antique Medieval Furniture

Materials

Brass

Large Medieval carved frieze - France, 14th-15th century
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Gothic Limestone frieze decorated with curly foliage North of France, 14th-15th century 59,8 x 15,6x 22 cm This French Gothic limestone frieze, adorned with curling foliage, stands ...
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15th Century and Earlier French Antique Medieval Furniture

Materials

Limestone

Late 19th Century Brass Gothic Style Candlesticks
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful pair of antique brass candlesticks. Gothic style. The candlesticks are in good condition. Beautiful color and shine. Sturdy and solid. Estimated age and origin: France, ...
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1880s French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

Antique French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Jesus & Cross
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Jesus & Cross This set of antique French candle holders are decorated with images of Jesus and crosses. Each candlestick r...
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19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

19th Century French Gothic Petite Trunk ~ Blanket Chest
Located in Dallas, TX
19th Century French Gothic Petite Trunk ~ Blanket Chest was purpose-built for a cozy niche, and its size makes it very versatile to use in any capacity! Crafted entirely by hand, in...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Oak

Early 20th Century Brass Box - Gothic Style
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful decorative brass box. Beautiful ornaments in gothic style. Estimated date and origin: France, circa 1910. Dimensions: 10,5 x 6,5 cm and 6 cm tall. The box is in good c...
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Early 1900s French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

Vintage French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Black Porcelain
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Black Porcelain These matching black porcelain candlesticks have bronze flourishes. The base of each candlestick has three...
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Late 20th Century French Medieval Furniture

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Brass

A large French 19th century simulated stone plaster bust of a medieval man C1860
Located in Central England, GB
This most impressive life sized characterful plaster bust dates to circa 1860. It is finely modelled and depicts a medieval gentleman wearing a simple hat and tunic top. The features...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Plaster

French 19th Century Zinc Gargoyle
Located in Buisson, FR
Unique and extremely rare zinc feathered gargoyle. Great expression This gargoyle, a word derived from the French 15th century word 'Gargouille' (throat), is a hybrid, possibly a g...
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19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Zinc

Antique Gothic Style Hob Grate
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A Victorian era Gothic style hob grate dating from circa 1830 and unusually decorated with castellations and quatrefoils. Finished in black graphite polish, this antique cast iron ho...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Medieval Furniture

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Metal, Iron

Antique French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Architectural Element
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Architectural Elements & Patina Decorate your mantlepiece, altar, church, or chapel with these large ornate candlesticks. ...
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19th Century French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Brass

16th century large chest strongbox iron and walnut
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A quite large 16th century Italian so called 'coffre fort' . Coffers or chest like these were specifically made for cities or large villages to safegueard the gold and valuables. The...
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16th Century Italian Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron

Antique French Neogothic Altar Torchère Candlestick Set w/ Griffins
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Ornate Gilt Bronze Ormolu Pricket Candlesticks - Pair This rare matching set of antique solid brass handcrafted candle holders rest on triangular shaped base with lio...
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Early 20th Century French Medieval Furniture

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Brass

15th Century French Gothic Oak Cupboard / Dressoir
Located in Hoddesdon, GB
Gothic Oak Dressoir: 1460 - 1500 , France - Flandres This exquisite Gothic oak dressoir dates back to the 15th century. This remarkable piece is a rare survivor from the Haute épo...
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15th Century and Earlier French Antique Medieval Furniture

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Iron

Rare Unique English Oak Gothic Victorian Settee Settle Bench Circa 1890
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a superb and very unique form of Gothic bench from England. The bench features a dark oak finish with minor signs of age and use such as finish losses and minor wear. The ben...
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1890s English Antique Medieval Furniture

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Oak

Medieval furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Medieval furniture 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 furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include rugs and carpets, building and garden elements, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, wool and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Medieval furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, Asia, and West Asia pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Europa Antiques, Arval Argenti Valenza, Edward F. Caldwell & Co., and Aeterna Furniture. 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 furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $30 and tops out at $275,000 while the average work can sell for $1,886.

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