A Pretty Button Back Velvet Drop-End Chesterfield Sofa c.1900

Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian / Edwardian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900-15
Height: 34.5 inches
Width: 60.5 inches
Depth: 31.5 inches (all at extremities but with arm in upright position)

The carcass upholstered in duck egg or powder blue button-back velvet and ivory piping with feather filled seat cushions, the whole sitting on ring turned front legs and sabre rear legs, each on bakelite castors, having a knob operated mechanism for the drop end with three elevations, survives from the late Victorian to Edwardian period England.

The powder or duck egg blue velvet upholstery is original and in pretty good shape with some minor wear to the arms, with the original seat cushions. There is one small tear to the lower left arm base. The sofa does not require any immediate attention and is ready to use though if one wanted it perfect one would have the mechanism knob for the drop end replaced to a wooden example more truer to the original and perhaps a re-webbing to make the seat firmer but it does in no way require this. The mechanism for the drop end is in working order for all three elevations. The castors appear to be original.

Chesterfield sofas share a complex history, alongside the elite, the privileged and aristocrats. History reveals that these types of couches have been commonly used in the confines of old institutions, government buildings and luxurious homes for generations. A room, in the 1900’s, would not be complete, unless the master owns a Chesterfield sofa.

The proportions, in vogue upholstery and the sofas original condition are what make this example desirable. Not expensive either.