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Learn how to identify antique chair styles
It’s good to know about different types of antique chair for a number of reasons. Firstly if you’re experienced in antiques, getting know the various styles of the periods and manufacture style is important so you can recognise the type of chair you’re looking at and maybe even end up buying. Secondly, if you’re not experienced in antiques and more specifically antique chairs, you never know what you might find rolling around in your attic upstairs! You’d be surprised how many people don’t know they have a 100-year-old perfectly good antique chair hidden away among a stack of cardboard boxes and old suitcases! For both these reasons, I’ve written a short article detailing a few small things you should look for when viewing an antique chair.
This type of chair was created in France from 1725 onwards and was made rapidly popular during the 18th century. The Bergere chair is instantly recognisable with it’s closed sides and a wide and very comfortable cushion seat. The sides are usually upholstered but it can be made out of other materials that were popular at the time, such as cane. Notice the back of the chair is pretty high with a curved shape to it.
The Curule is a very unique type of furniture that was revived during the 18th century but was initially designed from the 6th century BC from a traditional Roman seat. The frame of the chair looks like 2 U’s interlocking, creating a stable base for the seat and back of the chair. It doesn’t just come as a chair either, there are various stools and tables that have this type of style so keep an eye out for them also!
Created in France around the 1760 period and revived in the late 18th century, the gondola chair has a concave back that arches all the way round to the arms. The back legs of the chair are splayed outwards and the sides of this piece are always sloping towards the seat. There are various designs of this chair but the key elements are the concave back and the splayed legs.