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THE ENGLISH CHESTERFIELD COMPANY

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The Chesterfield remains as much of an icon of British furniture today as it has throughout it’s history. It’s roots are shrouded in mystery but many believe the style owes it’s name and design to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope, who was said to have commissioned the first Chesterfield sofa to be made in the 1800s.

In those days the Chesterfield, renowned for having arms and back at the same height, would have been upholstered in fabric or leather and filled with horse hair to create the curved padding effect which is synonymous with the style. The famous deep buttoning or tufting was a technique designed to keep the filling in place.

Chesterfields were expensive items of furniture and revered by the upper class and gentry of 18th Century Britain. It’s perception as the Rolls-Royce of sofas has earned a desirability that has never waned throughout the centuries and is arguably, even more popular now than it has ever been.

Seen as a status symbol to some and the essence of cool to the young, the Chesterfield is a British design that has proven it’s ability to transcend fashions in décor and is no longer seen as furniture only reserved for gentleman’s clubs and stately homes.

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