Dating antique settee


The boudeuse (pronounced boo-duhz)  is a type of small upholstered sofa or  loveseat  of sorts, consisting of two seats sharing a common back, so that the sitters face in opposite directions; developed during the mid-19th century, probably in France, it is characteristic of ornate and luxurious Second Empire furniture, and usually employs coil-spring technology in the seat. It is also known as a  dos-à-dos ("back-to-back" in French).

Exhausted from stuffy rooms with an artificial air, the homeowner sought to create an honest style in her Santa Monica bungalow, with a relaxed sense of breezy beach living.

Examine wooden details. An antique sofa may be very finely carved but should still show signs of being handmade. Use these details to date a 19th century sofa: Rosettes, finials, incised lines and elaborate feet may all help to identify antique sofas. Vintage sofas dating to the 20th century are typically more heavily upholstered and do not have visible wooden elements, outside of legs.


Dating antique settee

Dating antique settee



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