Different Styles Of Antique Chairs

There are several styles of antique chairs that are good collection items. These are chairs that are over 100 years of age. An antique item has to be 100 years old for it to be termed as antique. There are places where antique item including furniture that are sold to collectors. These are online antique sites and antique fairs where collectors converge to view and trade their collections with one another.

If one has the eye for spotting antique items they can easily locate the chairs and other items from the internet and make arrangements for purchasing them or visit the antique fairs to try their luck in getting one of the items. The chairs are made from different eras and styles and that is what makes them very unique and even collectable. Some of the chairs can be distinguished by the kind of patterns they have on the legs, on the arm rests or even how the chair is shaped and the upholstery used to cover them. This is how one can actually look at the chairs and tell from which era or period it is.


The items are not for sale only but one can collect them and out them in their house. While some might be slightly uncomfortable or be not practical to sit on at this day and era, even when they are sitting somewhere on the corner of the house or on the hallway, they pose an artistic look and add value to the overall look for the house and its furniture.


Dante chairs – Italian “Dantesca” Chairs, c. 16th-17th century

The antique chairs are often sold in sets of two or four chairs. Examples of the chairs and how to know them is; a corner chair has a square seat that is placed diagonally with arm rests and one leg in front and other three behind. This chair was developed in the 18th century and its also known as writing chair or roundabout chair. Another chair is the curule which is also referred to as Dante chair, Grecian cross chair or even Savonarola. This chair’s legs are curved and joined in the middle of the chair under the seat. This chair was common in the 6th century during the BC Roman era.

Other designs of the same chair were formed in the 18th Century during Louis XVI period. Another chair that can be considered as antique is the gondola chair which is a chair that has a concave back and sides that are sloping continuously down to the seat of the chair. This chair has splayed saber legs in the back and was developed in France circa around the period of 1760.

There are many other styles that one can learn from the internet and the joy of finding a set in the style you love will be immense. Researching on the internet is a great way of locating items but inspecting them by hand yourself is the only way of finding out if they have the quality you require. Of course, some people enjoy restoring such items that have been a little battered and bruised over the years and this too can add value to the antique chairs but only if the restoration is sympathetically done.


Pair of early French Empire Armchairs having arc-en-arblette tops with inset ormolu plaques depicting different classical aquatic scenes above upholstered panelled backs with lotus carved arms. The chairs, having floral brass inlaid rosewood panels supported on sabre legs.


Pair of Satinwood and Painted Library Chairs, designs by Pergolesi, England, Circa 1880. Butchoff Antiques.


Pair of Gainsborough Armchairs, constructed in mahogany with extensive use of skilfully executed carving in the high rococo manner: rising from animal paw footed front cabriole legs, the knees and ears carved with foliate designs; the rear legs canted, and similarly carved : the arms of serpentine form, chanelled and carved with foliates and addorsed ā€˜Cā€™ scrolls, the arm supports of concave form, and similarly carved; the seat and back of square form, with contemporary upholstery. Circa 1890. Butchoff Antiques.

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Unique Early Welsh Stick Chair, constructed from the very best quality oak throughout. The color is wonderful with deep patina, it retains some historical ironwork repairs around the seat. Is strong and stable and is free from modern repair. Early 18th century. Price: $4081.00. Antiques Atlas.

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Carved Oak Victorian Open Armchair, The carving on the chair back is of exceptional quality. With carved scrolled arms, front legs and cross-stretcher uniting the legs, it copies the style of the late 17th century. The sprung seat is upholstered. Because it is 19th century and made of oak, it is a chair that can still be used. Price: $1889.38. Antiques Atlas.


Pair of French Louis XVI hand carved gold gilded arm chairs, c. 1930s. Newly reupholstered in goth black puckered leather. Very comfortable and striking.

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