The Chesterfield is a style of leather sofa that that has been around since the 1800’s. This
historic furniture type is believed to have been commissioned by Lord Phillip Stanhope, the
fourth Earl of Chesterfield.
The Chesterfield is known for its distinctive quilted leather fabric, deep buttoning, and low
seat. It is said that the Earl was a trendsetter and commissioned the Chesterfield to be
fabricated so that gentlemen could sit upright without creasing the garment. This has not been
proven to be true – however, being seated on the Chesterfield is a sophisticated manner in
which to sit, and the sofa does have the Earl namesake.
The Earl had a great appreciation for the lounge and it is said that Chesterfields were
commissioned because of admiration for his furniture. With the furniture aging and wearing
well, the appearance only improves with time.
The Chesterfield sofa has kept its charm and distinguished name to this day. Primarily used in
London’s gentlemen’s clubs for a long time, all variations of Chesterfield from the 1800s
until now were inspired by the original item.
The Chesterfield has been successfully transported to other nations and it soon became a
symbol of British style. It was commonly associated with gentlemen’s clubs, and a furniture
piece for the men of the house. Men would often smoke their cigars and drink brandy on the
Chesterfield, while the ladies of the house sat in chairs nearby doing their needlework.
Associated with luxury, the Chesterfield now is a sought after piece for many moderns
homes. It has been used and associated with royalty, was a key piece in Victorian times, and
has over the years furnished many hotels, restaurants, and corporate offices.
The Chesterfield is a well made and durable piece of furniture that is associated with style,
sophistication, and luxury. It is the perfect blend of comfort and style.
For more information on our beautiful Chesterfield range, contact us at Valentine’s Furniture.