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Clarence: Inspired By The Classic Chesterfield Sofa

Shackletons has redefined our classic Clarence armchair and sofa collection with additional detailing, and the launch of a new contemporary fluted design.

The Chesterfield sofa is an iconic piece of British furniture with a distinctive style and timeless appeal. The Chesterfield was invented in the mid-1700s, by Lord Philip Stanhope, Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who commissioned a piece of furniture for his guests to sit on. The Chesterfield’s iconic style is defined by its roll arms, low back, deep buttoning and is traditionally upholstered in dark leather.

The Clarence

Shackletons has been handmaking upholstered furniture for over 60 years, this iconic British design showcases our traditional craftsman capabilities.

The Clarence range is characterised by its deep buttoned detailing, intricate hand pleated classic roll arms, tailored piping, and feature studding.We have recently updated this iconic piece to incorporate additional design features, including button detailing to the border and an extra rolled upholstery feature under the seat cushions. We have also introduced further traditional furniture making techniques to improve comfort and achieve a rounder back and arms to complete the classic Chesterfield look. This piece will make a statement in any interior setting including reception areas, traditional lounges, and libraries.

Introducing the Clarence Fluted

Newly added to the range, the Clarence Fluted, a modern and contemporary take on the traditional Chesterfield design. The Clarence Fluted collection features the characteristic roll arms and low back of the iconic Chesterfield design but has an elegant fluted back and arms for a cleaner, softer look.

This contemporary version looks stunning upholstered in a plush velvet and will suit a wide range of care home and senior living interiors while still making an impact.

Handmade in England

All our upholstered furniture, including the Clarence, is handmade at our factory in Yorkshire. Our talented craftsmen and women tailor each piece of furniture using time-honoured skills and techniques to achieve to the highest levels of quality and comfort.

Find out more

The Clarence and Clarence Fluted range includes an armchair, two and three seated sofas. View the Clarence collection.



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