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Armchairs

Armchairs are among the most artistic and comfortable pieces of furniture ever invented. An entire room can be designed around an armchair, which is part of why collectors love them. Antique armchairs can go for thousands at auction, but a piece does not have to be handed down from European royalty to be valuable. Some of the most innovative designs originate in Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, mid-century modern, or contemporary variations of these styles.

Armchairs combining elegance and function evolved during the Ming and Qing dynasties in China due to the abundance of hardwood and the use of mortise and tenon joinery. Made of unembellished wood, chairs from this period bear a stunning simplicity. Like the Chinese armchair, African armchairs often resemble miniature thrones. The African variety is made of elaborately decorated wood and is used to denote a leader’s social status.

European armchairs morphed into various stages of exuberant ornamentation from the 17th century through the Victorian age. Many of the design styles such as Queen Anne and Georgian have earned a permanent place in the history of chair design. The onset of Mid-century Modern and contemporary modern styles brought the world chairs that vary from the epitome of simplicity to bright hues on natural and industrial forms.


Quick Facts

  • A pair of late 19th to early 20th century William and Mary style camel back armchairs brought $4,927 in a 2015 auction at Christie’s
  • A pair of rounded and scooped mid-century brass and fabric Italian armchairs sold for $5,000 at Sotheby’s in a 2012 auction
  • A pair of Jean Royere Ambassador armchairs sold for $233,000 at a Phillips New York auction in 2015

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Wooden Rustic Claw And Ball Foot Quilt Upholstered Armchair
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Wooden Rustic Claw And Ball Foot Quilt Upholstered Armchair
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3726 Bids
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Antique Gothic Style Solid Carved Oak U Shaped Chair W/North Winds Face
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Gothic Style Solid Carved Oak U Shaped Chair W/North Winds Face
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2817 Bids
Petite Barcalounger black leather recliner chair with pop up footrest 32"H x 29"W x 35"D
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Petite Barcalounger black leather recliner chair with pop up footrest 32"H x 29"W x 35"D
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$4759 Bids
Golden Maxicomfort EZ Sleeper Lift Chair
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Golden Maxicomfort EZ Sleeper Lift Chair
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$809 Bids
Mid Century Modern Iron Patio Club Chair
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Modern Iron Patio Club Chair
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$758 Bids
Challen armchair - Lexington, Kentucky or NYC
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
Challen armchair - Lexington, Kentucky or NYC
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$457 Bids
A pair of wrought iron outdoor chairs
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A pair of wrought iron outdoor chairs
by Gibson's
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD2206 Bids
Pair of Mid C20th teak framed armchairs by Parker ( 90 x 64 x 80cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of Mid C20th teak framed armchairs by Parker ( 90 x 64 x 80cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD806 Bids
Vintage Upholstered Armchair 42"x28"26"
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Upholstered Armchair 42"x28"26"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$125 Bids
La-Z-Boy Contemporary Electric Rocking Recliner
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
La-Z-Boy Contemporary Electric Rocking Recliner
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Pair of 1950s armchairs by Parker (76 x 72 x 72cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of 1950s armchairs by Parker (76 x 72 x 72cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD504 Bids
Pair of 1950's Scandinavian hoop arm lounge chairs (82 x 61 x 75cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of 1950's Scandinavian hoop arm lounge chairs (82 x 61 x 75cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD354 Bids
Vintage Wood Spindle Back Rocking Chair
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Wood Spindle Back Rocking Chair
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Bent cane rocking swivel chair with loose cushion (99 x 75 x 62cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Bent cane rocking swivel chair with loose cushion (99 x 75 x 62cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD354 Bids
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LE CORBUSIER, "LC2 armchair", 20th century design,
Mar 22, 2:00 PM CET
LE CORBUSIER, "LC2 armchair", 20th century design,
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €300- €400
€3604 Bids
Pair of ebonised armchairs with cotton twill upholstery (78 x 63 x 87cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of ebonised armchairs with cotton twill upholstery (78 x 63 x 87cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD454 Bids
Pair Traditional Style Iron Patio Chairs
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Pair Traditional Style Iron Patio Chairs
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Vintage Child's Rocking Chair
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Child's Rocking Chair
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Armchairs


Lawsons

Lawsons

Ansorena

Ansorena

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal