French Baroque Style
Velvet Upholstered Knole Style Settee
2nd Half 20th C.
Upholstered in green velvet with applied embroidered tape/trim with matching braid and fringe, adjustable padded wings controlled by roping.
The original Knole Settee (also known as the Knole Sofa) is a couch chair that was made in the 17th century, probably around 1640. It is housed at Knole in Kent, a house owned by the Sackville-West family since 1605 but now in the care of the National Trust.
It was originally used not as a comfortable sofa but as a formal throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. It was wide enough that a monarch and consort could be seated side by side. As of 2021, it is kept at Knole House in a transparent case.
60" arms closed and upright
96" fully open