I recently purchased this sofa at a yard sale because I simply liked the looks of it. I wanted to refinish it and re-upholster it. The woman I purchased it from said that she has had it for 30 years and inherited it from her mother who inherited it from her aunt. She believed it came from New York in perhaps the late 1800's to early 1900's. It may be worth nothing or she could have fabricated the story and that is okay...I just thought I would ask the experts.
Hi, I have not seen one with such massive bulk and lines. I also cannot judge the woodwork accross the back of the sofa to determine if veneer or a carving. Whomever made this wanted to duplicate or blend into their home decor and so it has the appearance of balusters. It could be cherry or walnut or clean pine that is stained. About upholstery - one will never recover the investment in upholstery so if you want to own it and put in your house - it is a good investment. Remember that one day in the future, you may decide to sell and so the fabric you choose today will have to please the buyer in the future.
I just have not seen this style before and so I would imagine it is part of a parlor set made in the late 1800s. It's present value depends hugely on location, condition, maker, quality, sturdiness, reusable filling and springs, maker, etc. I seem to be unable to even take a guess without all the information needed.
So obviously I know nothing about antiques. I know it is very heavy as my husband and two other men moved it for me. If I could add some additional pictures, would that help? Would you like to see the back and underneath?
Does veneer make it less valuable? What other things could I look for to provide more information to you?
Would you not recommend changing the fabric? I really wanted to change it to leather and put in in a bar area of our home...my friend recommended that I not do that. Suggestions?
It is hard to tell who or when these were made. If you want to own it and put it in your bar then do what you want. I do know that genuine leather is 2x the price of the best fabric and is sold by the hide. You are looking at $3,000 in leather and labor or $1500 for top of the line fabric and labor. Think about visitors, children and pets. Whatever you do, you may need a slip cover anyway.