Early 19th century Regency period antique sofa. This sofa is a really fine example of classical Regency big house drawing room furniture. It has everything you could get at the period, reeded legs, acanthus carving, contra foliate scrolling, gadrooning, reeding, stringing, inlay and wonderful laurel leaf caster cups.
It has the correct pre-Victorian corner stretchers and unsprung seat.
The design draws more than a passing resemblance to three sofas made by George Bullock around the same date, including one made for Napoleon Bonaparte for his exile home in St Helena. Remarkably, the sofa was that was made for M.R.Boulton of Tew Park in 1817 has the original receipt and cost an impressive £32.10s which was a lot of money back then. See the last three photos below.
The first monochrome photo is from the Gillow colour sketch book and shows a sofa with a similar treatment to the top of the left arm and the leg design.
English circa 1820 £5800
76cm / 30″ deep
91cm / 36″ high
46cm / 18″ high seat wo cushion
201cm / 79″ wide