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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

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10 Baker Chippendale Carved Mahogany Dining Chairs
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10 Baker Chippendale Carved Mahogany Dining Chairs
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Est: $200- $400
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A George III Style Walnut Swivel Desk Chair  
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A George III Style Walnut Swivel Desk Chair  
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
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A Victorian Mahogany Boudoir Chair in Burgundy Velvet Upholstery
Dec 09, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Victorian Mahogany Boudoir Chair in Burgundy Velvet Upholstery
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Est: AUD20- AUD40
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George III Mahogany Wing Chair
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
George III Mahogany Wing Chair
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Est: $600- $900
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A Victorian Papier Mache Chair
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A Victorian Papier Mache Chair
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Est: AUD50- AUD100
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SET OF GEORGE II STYLE WALNUT CARVED DINING CHAIRS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
SET OF GEORGE II STYLE WALNUT CARVED DINING CHAIRS
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Est: $700- $1,000
$3501 Bid
4 English Regency Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
4 English Regency Carved Mahogany Side Chairs
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Est: $100- $200
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PAIR QUEEN ANNE STYLE MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR QUEEN ANNE STYLE MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
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Est: $100- $200
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Antique English Country Farm Chair
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
Antique English Country Farm Chair
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Est: $50- $15,000
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English Late Regency Side Chair
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
English Late Regency Side Chair
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Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
A set of eight oak George III style ladder back chairs, 20th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A set of eight oak George III style ladder back chairs, 20th century,
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Est: £400- £800
£3200 Bids
A George II style mahogany wing back armchair, 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George II style mahogany wing back armchair, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£9500 Bids
A George III mahogany open armchair, circa 1770,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III mahogany open armchair, circa 1770,
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Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
An early George III mahogany open armchair,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An early George III mahogany open armchair,
by Cheffins
Est: £700- £1,000
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