WILMINGTON CHESTERFIELD SOFA: HAND DYED TAN LEATHER
British Prime Minister 1742-1743
Our fabulous Wilmington Chesterfield is a more traditional ‘Chesterfield’ design and without doubt the aristrocrat of sofas.
The 1st Earl of Wilmington, more humbly known as Spencer Compton, led Britain for just short of 18 months. In 1742 he succeeded Sir Robert Walpole at the helm, however, it was an acrimonious tenure largely overshadowed by poor health. Compton’s illnesses gave his peers plenty of opportunity to overrule his leadership, and it was opportunity that wasn’t wasted. His name, however, strongly lives on today… the cities of Wilmington, Delaware; Wilmington, North Carolina and the towns of Wilmington, Massachusetts and Wilmington Vermont are named in his honour.
Arguably, though, his most famous reincarnation is our beautiful Wilmington Chesterfield. Crafted in anything from a Manner 1 to a Manner 4 (scroll down to our crafting menu for more information), this Manner 3 pair of Chesterfields can be finished with either a buttoned, flat or cushioned seat.
This particular pair was made for a Chinese client and hand dyed in a delicious honey tan colour. Finished with a smooth French polish and brass studs, it’s glamourous, elegant and extremely comfortable. The oak legs have been finished to perfectly match the seat and topped with a crisp, golden brass caster.