The term was used during the 18th and early 19th centuries to describe an upholstered deep couch, usually without arms, sometimes with a seat on either side of a central divide. Named after those found in the luxurious palaces of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. It later came to refer specifically to an upholstered day bed containing a deep box base in which linen, clothing and other domestic effects could be stored. Popular until the 1920s.
A good Ottoman, made by Alexander J Cook, Melbourne. a fine shaped square ottoman, with a plush button padded top, a deep tasselled border and raised on casters, well upholstered in a wheat gold ticking sateen. Height 47 cm. Length 100 cm. Width 100 cm
A good early 20th century French Duchesse Brisee (bergere chair and matching ottoman), carved beech framed, caned and upholstered, the wing back chair with restrained floral and scroll carved detail, caned panels to the sides and back; contemporary upholst
A pair of bergere chairs and ottoman, French 19th century the pierced carved white-washed gilt wood chair frames with generous plump cushioned seats together with an ottoman of similar style upholstered in pale celadon green damask fabric (3) 80 cm high (t
A Louis XVI style walnut fauteuil, 20th century, the cresting rail above a padded tablet back, arms and seat, raised on cabriole legs with ottoman, each with a down filled loose cushion and upholstered in Brunschwig & Fils fabric.
A pair of Giovanni, offredi Onda armchairs and ottoman by Saporiti, circa 1975, each with a square shaped upholstered back and seat raised on a chrome cantilever base together with conforming ottoman, printed fabric maker's label.
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