A fine late Victorian Chesterfield, of typical from with turned walnut legs and refurbished castors, re upholstered in deep buttoned distressed black leather.
Provenance: CHESTERFIELD SOFA HISTORY
So, where did the word ‘Chesterfield’, in relation to the iconic style of furniture we all know and love, actually come from? Many believe it’s an adopted turn of phrase, stemming back to the turn of the century when Chesterfield started to become the word used to describe a regular sofa in Canada and some parts of America.
Over here in England, however, a davenport with arms and back of the same height in buttoned leather may also referred to as a Chesterfield sofa. While some believe the term is adopted, others say that the fourth earl of Chesterfield – Philip Stanhope (1764-1773) was honoured by the commissioning of a piece of fine furniture, in this case a leather Chesterfield.
Earl of Chesterfield
Elsewhere, others say ‘Chesterfield’ originally referred to the style of buttoning of the leather, shape of the sofa back, and even the height of the seat.