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English Chairs

English chairs often follow one of several periods of design, usually named after the ruling monarch of the time period in which they gained popularity. Among the most popular are Tudor, Queen Anne, Georgian, and Victorian-era English chairs.

English Tudor furniture is characterized by heavy woodwork and carved ornamentation, epitomized by the Renaissance Elizabeth I chairs. The William and Mary Period showed Dutch and Chinese influences with trumpet-turned, ball-tipped legs and Oriental lacquer. Queen Anne style bears more curvature in the legs and makes use of cherry, walnut, maple, and imported mahogany. Georgian style showed many of the same characteristics as Queen Anne furniture with Rococo embellishments during the George II and George III eras.

Victorian style is Gothic in form, featuring dark lacquers, heavy ornamentation, and exotic wood. Coiled springs were patented for use during the Victorian Period, resulting in deeper seats and shorter legs on English chairs. Machines began to replace the task of making furniture by hand. By the Edwardian period, mass production was common. Art Nouveau and neoclassical themes often appear in Edwardian furniture.

Chippendale was the first English style to be named after the maker. Mid-to-late 18th-century Chippendale English chairs may be Gothic, Rococo, even or Chinese in design. The Gainsborough chair was also popular in the mid-18th century. Also known as a French chair or Martha Washington chair, it is often made of leather and features open sides and recessed arms.


Quick Facts

  • Caned chairs were first produced in England in the 1660s, suiting the taste of both wealthy and middle class buyers. The Great Fire of London in 1666 created an unrivaled demand for the production of furniture including the caned chair
  • A set of eight early-Victorian Elizabethan revival ebonised chairs sold for $12,399 at an auction by Christie’s in 2015
  • A pair of George III giltwood armchairs designed by Robert Adam and made by Thomas Chippendale realized a price of $3,313,401 at a Christie’s, London auction in 2008

Recommended Items at Auction

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Set of fourteen Victorian style cedar balloon back dining chairs (90 x 43 x 40cm)
Feb 29, 3:00 PM AEDT
Set of fourteen Victorian style cedar balloon back dining chairs (90 x 43 x 40cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD454 Bids
A George III mahogany corner chair, late 18th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A George III mahogany corner chair, late 18th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1403 Bids
Pair of late Victorian inlaid rosewood velvet tub chairs on turned legs (67 x 64 x 60cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of late Victorian inlaid rosewood velvet tub chairs on turned legs (67 x 64 x 60cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD152 Bids
GEORGIAN CARVED MAHOGANY SHELLBACK HALL CHAIR
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
GEORGIAN CARVED MAHOGANY SHELLBACK HALL CHAIR
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1202 Bids
Edwardian bedroom chair (87 x 50 x 55cm)
Feb 29, 3:00 PM AEDT
Edwardian bedroom chair (87 x 50 x 55cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Victorian fruitwood Windsor bar back armchair, stamped GB? and 54 to seat (91 x 58 x 45cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
Victorian fruitwood Windsor bar back armchair, stamped GB? and 54 to seat (91 x 58 x 45cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD202 Bids
Two George III Sheraton style carved mahogany shield back chairs (94 x 54 x 50cm)
Feb 29, 3:00 PM AEDT
Two George III Sheraton style carved mahogany shield back chairs (94 x 54 x 50cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD202 Bids
Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Open Armchairs
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Open Armchairs
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND NEEDLEWORK UPHOLSTERED NURSING CHAIR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND NEEDLEWORK UPHOLSTERED NURSING CHAIR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£3001 Bid
Fine 19th C. English Empire Regency Chairs
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Fine 19th C. English Empire Regency Chairs
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Victorian Mahogany and Upholstered Slipper Chair
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Victorian Mahogany and Upholstered Slipper Chair
by STAIR
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
William Morris Stained Beechwood and Caned 'Rossetti' Armchair
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
William Morris Stained Beechwood and Caned 'Rossetti' Armchair
by STAIR
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
A four piece group of seat furniture, 19th/20th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A four piece group of seat furniture, 19th/20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1401 Bid
A GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR *CITES permit may be required for export
Mar 05, 2:00 PM AEDT
A GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR *CITES permit may be required for export
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2501 Bid
Carved Walnut Victorian Parlor Chair
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Carved Walnut Victorian Parlor Chair
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Walnut Victorian Carved Parlor Chair
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Walnut Victorian Carved Parlor Chair
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Edwardian Style Slipper Armchair, 20th c., H.- 30 in., W.- 26 in., D.- 22 in.
Mar 01, 10:00 AM CST
Edwardian Style Slipper Armchair, 20th c., H.- 30 in., W.- 26 in., D.- 22 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Two Edwardian oak corner chairs, early 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Edwardian oak corner chairs, early 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD1801 Bid
A British Colonial calamander caned armchair, 19th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A British Colonial calamander caned armchair, 19th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
ENGLISH CHIPPENDALE STYLE UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIR
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH CHIPPENDALE STYLE UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIR
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell English Chairs


Ashcroft and Moore

Ashcroft and Moore

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Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Lawsons

Lawsons

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Sworders