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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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A FINE PAIR OF RUSSIAN KARELIAN BIRCH AND ELM ARMCHAIRS
Jun 23, 3:00 PM AEST
A FINE PAIR OF RUSSIAN KARELIAN BIRCH AND ELM ARMCHAIRS
by Philips Auctions
Est: AUD1,000- AUD2,000
AUD27510 Bids
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Mid Century Modern Hans Wegner Style Arm Chairs S. J. Campbell Co. - Pair
Jun 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Mid Century Modern Hans Wegner Style Arm Chairs S. J. Campbell Co. - Pair
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3610 Bids
Twig Rocker 38 1/2 x 21 in. (97.8 x 53.3 cm.)
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Twig Rocker 38 1/2 x 21 in. (97.8 x 53.3 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$507 Bids
PATIO LOUNGE CHAIR GROUPING BY BROWN JORDAN
Jun 13, 11:00 AM EDT
PATIO LOUNGE CHAIR GROUPING BY BROWN JORDAN
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$506 Bids
Pair of white plantation armchairs (72 x 71 x 74cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Pair of white plantation armchairs (72 x 71 x 74cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD1106 Bids
Pair of ebonised plantation armchairs with cord webbing (70 x 62 x 66cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Pair of ebonised plantation armchairs with cord webbing (70 x 62 x 66cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD1306 Bids
Pair of natural plantation armchairs (72 x 71 x 74cm)
Jun 19, 6:30 PM AEST
Pair of natural plantation armchairs (72 x 71 x 74cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD700- AUD900
AUD1106 Bids
Unusual Turn Of The Century Stink & Ball Rocking Chair 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm.)
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Unusual Turn Of The Century Stink & Ball Rocking Chair 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$155 Bids
19th century colonial cedar child's highchair (H: 89 x W: 43 x D: 38 cm)
Jun 23, 5:00 PM AEST
19th century colonial cedar child's highchair (H: 89 x W: 43 x D: 38 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD704 Bids
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La-Z-Boy Black Leather Stress Chair And Ottoman
Jun 18, 12:00 PM EDT
La-Z-Boy Black Leather Stress Chair And Ottoman
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$44 Bids
Electric La-Z-Boy Leather Rocker Recliner
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Electric La-Z-Boy Leather Rocker Recliner
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$453 Bids
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Wicker Rocking Chair With Matching Wicker Plant Stand 41” X 31” X 36”
Jun 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Wicker Rocking Chair With Matching Wicker Plant Stand 41” X 31” X 36”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$193 Bids
Pair of Blue Striped Arm Chairs
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Blue Striped Arm Chairs
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Late 19th century cedar armchair, with brown vinyl upholstery 93 x 53 x 61cm,
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
Late 19th century cedar armchair, with brown vinyl upholstery 93 x 53 x 61cm,
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD202 Bids
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Vintage Yellow Wicker Arm
Jun 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Yellow Wicker Arm
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Twig Cut Style Armchair 39 in. (99.1 cm.)
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Twig Cut Style Armchair 39 in. (99.1 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
CHILDS RED ROCKER
Jun 13, 4:00 PM CDT
CHILDS RED ROCKER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
BENTWOOD OAK WICKER ROCKER
Jun 15, 11:00 AM EDT
BENTWOOD OAK WICKER ROCKER
by Southern Oaks Liquidations
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids

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