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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 Six Mahogany Dining Chairs
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Set of Six Mahogany Dining Chairs
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Set of Six Mahogany Dining Chairs
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Set of Six Mahogany Dining Chairs
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
10 vintage solid mahogany high back Queen Anne style dining chairs, two are carver chairs with arm rests
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
10 vintage solid mahogany high back Queen Anne style dining chairs, two are carver chairs with arm rests
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD500- AUD1,000
AUD2603 Bids
Pair of George IV Gilt-Metal-Mounted Mahogany and Caned Tub Chairs
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair of George IV Gilt-Metal-Mounted Mahogany and Caned Tub Chairs
by Stair
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7002 Bids
SIX 19TH C. REGENCY PAINTED & CANED DINING CHAIRS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SIX 19TH C. REGENCY PAINTED & CANED DINING CHAIRS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $600- $1,200
$3001 Bid
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A George II walnut wing armchair, probably Irish, mid 18th century
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
A George II walnut wing armchair, probably Irish, mid 18th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED LOW ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1860
Nov 16, 10:30 AM GMT
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND UPHOLSTERED LOW ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1860
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£2001 Bid
ENGLISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY WING CHAIR
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
ENGLISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY WING CHAIR
by CRN Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Rosewood victorian gothic open arm chair with tapestry upholstery, 52"
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Rosewood victorian gothic open arm chair with tapestry upholstery, 52"
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Set of 6 mahogany highly carved Chippendale style chairs
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Set of 6 mahogany highly carved Chippendale style chairs
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique American Victorian Rocking Chair
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique American Victorian Rocking Chair
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Walnut Victorian Carved Rocking Chair
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Walnut Victorian Carved Rocking Chair
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Antique English oak Arts & Crafts spinners chair, carved with Celtic designs
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Antique English oak Arts & Crafts spinners chair, carved with Celtic designs
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD601 Bid
Antique Victorian Grandfather chair
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Antique Victorian Grandfather chair
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD1201 Bid
19th C. English Eastlake Victorian Cane Rocking Chair
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C. English Eastlake Victorian Cane Rocking Chair
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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18TH C. GEORGE III MAHOGANY WING CHAIR
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
18TH C. GEORGE III MAHOGANY WING CHAIR
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
A PAIR SHERATON 19TH C. TIGER MAPLE SIDE CHAIRS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A PAIR SHERATON 19TH C. TIGER MAPLE SIDE CHAIRS
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
19TH C. WILLIAM IV CLASSICAL MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. WILLIAM IV CLASSICAL MAHOGANY ARMCHAIR
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Pair of Fine Regency Gilt-Metal-Mounted Mahogany Armchairs, Possibly Continental
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair of Fine Regency Gilt-Metal-Mounted Mahogany Armchairs, Possibly Continental
by Stair
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
SET SIX, CHIPPENDALE-STYLE MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SET SIX, CHIPPENDALE-STYLE MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
QUEEN ANNE-STYLE MAHOGANY ROUNDABOUT CHAIR
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
QUEEN ANNE-STYLE MAHOGANY ROUNDABOUT CHAIR
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
E. 20TH SET OF FOUR EDWARDIAN INLAID SIDE CHAIRS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
E. 20TH SET OF FOUR EDWARDIAN INLAID SIDE CHAIRS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ENGLISH, MANNER OF LIBERTY & CO., LONDON SET OF FOUR ARTS & CRAFTS ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1900
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
ENGLISH, MANNER OF LIBERTY & CO., LONDON SET OF FOUR ARTS & CRAFTS ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1900
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Chairs


Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Nye & Company

Nye & Company