Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 07:12:19 AM. Chesterfield Chair. By Cecilia Ardouin.
Since ages, Chesterfield furniture has been a symbol of royalty in big business houses, restaurants, clubs and private homes. Today, it is still beckoned as the furniture which spells grandeur and elegance. It has become a source of inspiration for many furniture. But in spite of all these things, it is the sofa which still remains in the hearts and minds of people as the perfect blend of sophistication and comfort.
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.
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