Greek and Roman Furniture

Ancient examples
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Reconstruction of a Roman Kline from the Mahdia Shipwreck.

Reconstruction of a Roman Kline from the Mahdia Shipwreck.

Fragments of Greek Trapezophoros found at Delphi.

Fragments of Greek Trapezophoros found at Delphi.

A black patinated bronze boss from a Roman Kline leg support  found at the ancient shipwreck  off Mahdia.

A black patinated bronze boss from a Roman Kline leg support found at the ancient shipwreck off Mahdia.

A marble fragment of an ancient Greek Tapezophoros. Previously in my collection.

A marble fragment of an ancient Greek Tapezophoros. Previously in my collection.

Greek couches with turned legs. THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Greek couches with turned legs. THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Fragments of ancient diphroi. THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Fragments of ancient diphroi. THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Bronze and marble table legs from THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Bronze and marble table legs from THE FURNITURE OF THE GREEKS ETRUSCANS & ROMANS by G.M.A. RICHTER

Bronze element from a Roman vessel

Bronze element from a Roman vessel


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On this example, bronze fittings decorate a wood frame (restored). Straps originally would have supported a mattress covered with luxurious textiles. The ends of the couch are decorated with bronze fulcra, the curving ends of the armrests, which terminate in lion heads in the front and duck heads in the back.

On this example, bronze fittings decorate a wood frame (restored). Straps originally would have supported a mattress covered with luxurious textiles. The ends of the couch are decorated with bronze fulcra, the curving ends of the armrests, which terminate in lion heads in the front and duck heads in the back.

greek & roman furniture.  High lounge settees with footstools.

greek & roman furniture. High lounge settees with footstools.

Another representation of triclinum.  Zaragoza Museo, Triclinio de la Calle Añón

Another representation of triclinum. Zaragoza Museo, Triclinio de la Calle Añón

(Chapter 5): A Lectus Adversus is a Roman style bed usually found in the atrium of a home with steps next to it. Another name for this type of bed was the "bridal bed".

Beds through the ages

(Chapter 5): A Lectus Adversus is a Roman style bed usually found in the atrium of a home with steps next to it. Another name for this type of bed was the "bridal bed".

These klines are made of wood and woven beds. The metal decoration suggests that it belonged to a richer family. You can also see a Trapezai table in the center.

These klines are made of wood and woven beds. The metal decoration suggests that it belonged to a richer family. You can also see a Trapezai table in the center.

Interior romano en el Metropolitan Museum,  Nueva York. Paredes con trampantojos,  suelos de mosaico y asiento bisellium.

Interior romano en el Metropolitan Museum, Nueva York. Paredes con trampantojos, suelos de mosaico y asiento bisellium.

Examples of Roman furniture from a Roman house

Examples of Roman furniture from a Roman house

Ancient Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses, late 6th century BC, made of terracotta which was once brightly painted, currently located at the National Etruscan Museum, Rome.

Ancient Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses, late 6th century BC, made of terracotta which was once brightly painted, currently located at the National Etruscan Museum, Rome.

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