Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 07:13:52 AM. Chesterfield Chair. By Gilberte Fournier.
The Chesterfield sofa, however, has a somewhat uncertain history. This icon of the furniture world is widely thought to have been commissioned by, and consequently named in honor of, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, in the 18th century. Aside from being a much-admired politician and writer, the suave Earl was a known trendsetter. When the Earl requested a cabinetmaker to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort, thus was the inception of the Chesterfield sofa with its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim. There has never been any solid confirmation of this noble beginning. However, this namesake is certainly appropriate. Stanhope was a noted writer of letters to his illegitimate son, extolling all method of manners and morals. The Chesterfield sofa is certainly a refined and mannerly example of seating.
If you are planning to give our home that vintage look you should probably look for a Chesterfield sofa. The brand speaks for itself. The tradition of the Chesterfield sofa sets spans across decades. Rumour has it that these sofas had been named after the Earl of Chesterfield and not after the place itself, i.e. Chesterfield in Derbyshire. The Chesterfield sofa designs have been copied, duplicated and served as an inspiration to several furniture brands. But the authentic Chesterfield sofas are a statement in themselves.
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