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Antique Chairs

Antique chairs were made in many different woods, and come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes.

Chairs did not start to become widely available until the 18th century. Until the end of the 17th century stools and benches were the only seating available to most people, unless they were fairly wealthy and important.

We stock two main styles of antique dining chair: sets of rush seated dining chairs and sets of antique yew wood Windsor dining chairs.

The range of antique armchairs, single and pairs of chairs we stock typically includes:
  • 17th century oak backstool chairs
  • Attractively designed antique chairs in walnut or mahogany from the Chippendale period, or more generally Georgian
  • Antique Windsor chairs in yew wood, or ash and elm
  • Country made antique armchairs, single chairs and pairs from the 18th and early 19th centuries in oak, ash or other country woods
  • Early 19th century rush-seated carvers and side chairs in ash and fruitwood
Over time design of antique chairs has evolved. The early styles, such as backstools, developed from joined oak stools with the simple addition of tall uprights and a connecting panel to form the back.

During Georgian times the extra comfort of upholstered seats was introduced.

The Windsor chair was first made in the late 18th century and became very popular during the first half of 19th century. It marked a significant ergonomic design development, as the seat was shaped and curved to suit the human body. The design was centred on the seat, with the rest of the chair built around that. Before Windsor chairs, the seat (whether plain wood or upholstered) was a simple flat structure defined from the space created by the framework of the chair.

We also stock antique settles, most often 18th century, from the Georgian period, and made from oak or elm. Settle is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning a long bench with arms and a back, which could seat several people.

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