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Chairs

The chairs of today developed from primitive benches and stools. Very popular at auction, they range from antique chair styles to modern chairs that wrap the sitter in an organic embrace.

Antique chairs that remain sought- after by collectors and interior designers are the Queen Anne, Georgian, and American Regency styles. One of the earliest chair designs was the Savonarola, or “scissors” chair, which became important to collectors from the 18th century onward. An Italian walnut Savonarola chair dating from the 15th or 16th century in the Cloisters Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a simple yet lavish example. Another collector’s item is the prie dieu, or “prayer chair,” which has been used for centuries in churches and for personal devotion. The prayer chair features a seat for kneeling and a shelf for devotional texts and items. Catalan architect and sculptor Antoni Gaudi created an extreme decorative example of the chair. Carved from thuya wood, the chair stands at 9 feet and is crowned by a stained glass light fixture.

Antique dining chairs may be simple American vernacular pieces or influenced by the excesses of French Rococo and Baroque design. A modern dining room chair may be a replica of more traditional styles or as sleek and unorthodox as the valuable George Nakashima Conoid chairs. Antique barrel chairs can be used either as side chairs or dining chairs. The history of this shape is uncertain, but the barrel chairs designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Darwin Martin and Herbert Johnson residences are the most famous. The George Nelson Pretzel Chair made of curved laminated wood became a rare collector’s piece when it was removed from the market for insufficient manufacturing techniques. The Pretzel Chair is a fine example of mid-century modern design.

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Trifidae Swivel Armchair By Prostoria, 80cm x 72cm x 70cm. RRP: $2656.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Trifidae Swivel Armchair By Prostoria, 80cm x 72cm x 70cm. RRP: $2656.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD42516 Bids
Set of 8 Islander chairs (94 x 44 x 45cm)
May 23, 10:00 AM AEST
Set of 8 Islander chairs (94 x 44 x 45cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,200
AUD18013 Bids
Set of Four Tablet Timber Chair By SIPA, 81cm x 42cm x 50cm. RRP: $2064.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Set of Four Tablet Timber Chair By SIPA, 81cm x 42cm x 50cm. RRP: $2064.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD37511 Bids
Roma Armchair By Tacchini, 75.5cm x 108.3cm x 90.5cm. RRP: $4992.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Roma Armchair By Tacchini, 75.5cm x 108.3cm x 90.5cm. RRP: $4992.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD2,000- AUD2,500
AUD65011 Bids
Set of Four Catifa 46 Sled Chair By Arper, 51cm x 56cm x 80cm. Total RRP: $1740.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Set of Four Catifa 46 Sled Chair By Arper, 51cm x 56cm x 80cm. Total RRP: $1740.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD35011 Bids
Roma Armchair By Tacchini, 75.5cm x 108.3cm x 90.5cm. RRP: $4992.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Roma Armchair By Tacchini, 75.5cm x 108.3cm x 90.5cm. RRP: $4992.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD2,000- AUD2,500
AUD37510 Bids
Pair of Kelly Easy Chair By Tacchini, 83cm x 72cm x 82cm. RRP: $7870.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Pair of Kelly Easy Chair By Tacchini, 83cm x 72cm x 82cm. RRP: $7870.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD3,000- AUD3,500
AUD1,2009 Bids
Arcos Armchair By Arper, 72cm x 90cm x 75cm. RRP: $3180.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Arcos Armchair By Arper, 72cm x 90cm x 75cm. RRP: $3180.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD5009 Bids
SIX DINING CHAIRS
May 20, 10:00 AM PDT
SIX DINING CHAIRS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$3759 Bids
Tooled Leather & Suede Swivel Fringed Barrel Chair
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Tooled Leather & Suede Swivel Fringed Barrel Chair
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1208 Bids
MCM Soren Hansen Wingback Lounge Chair Black Hide
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
MCM Soren Hansen Wingback Lounge Chair Black Hide
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$3758 Bids
Pair of Chick Pouf Ottoman Chair By Haworth, 78cm x 68cm x 66cm. Total RRP: $4650.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Pair of Chick Pouf Ottoman Chair By Haworth, 78cm x 68cm x 66cm. Total RRP: $4650.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD2,000- AUD2,500
AUD1708 Bids
Kelly Easy Chair By Tacchini, 83cm x 72cm x 82cm. RRP: $3935.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Kelly Easy Chair By Tacchini, 83cm x 72cm x 82cm. RRP: $3935.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,000
AUD6508 Bids
Set of Six Kabi Sled Chair By Akaba, 82cm x 53cm x 50cm. RRP: $2310.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Set of Six Kabi Sled Chair By Akaba, 82cm x 53cm x 50cm. RRP: $2310.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD4508 Bids
Doti Furn Upholstered Skirted Club Chair & Ottoman
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Doti Furn Upholstered Skirted Club Chair & Ottoman
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$658 Bids
Nilson Swivel Lounge Chair By Verzelloni, 103cm x 87cm x 83cm. RRP: $5300.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Nilson Swivel Lounge Chair By Verzelloni, 103cm x 87cm x 83cm. RRP: $5300.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,800- AUD2,200
AUD7507 Bids
Pair of Rix Armchair By ESO, 90cm x 68cm x 66cm. RRP: $4660.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Pair of Rix Armchair By ESO, 90cm x 68cm x 66cm. RRP: $4660.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,800- AUD2,200
AUD1407 Bids
Set of Eight Kabi 4-Leg Chair By Akaba,84cm x 52cm x 53.5cm. Total RRP: $6856.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Set of Eight Kabi 4-Leg Chair By Akaba,84cm x 52cm x 53.5cm. Total RRP: $6856.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,000
AUD7507 Bids
Pair of Cubica Armchair By Verzelloni, 69cm x 62cm x 55cm. Total RRP: $4258.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Pair of Cubica Armchair By Verzelloni, 69cm x 62cm x 55cm. Total RRP: $4258.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,000
AUD1007 Bids
Catifa Sensit Armchair By Arper, 71.5cm x 55.5cm x 64cm. RRP: $3990.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Catifa Sensit Armchair By Arper, 71.5cm x 55.5cm x 64cm. RRP: $3990.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,000
AUD1207 Bids
Vintage leather chair
May 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage leather chair
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $20- $30
$1007 Bids
Set of Four Aava Chair By Arper, 78cm x 51.5cm x 47cm. Total RRP: $1160.
May 21, 7:00 PM AEST
Set of Four Aava Chair By Arper, 78cm x 51.5cm x 47cm. Total RRP: $1160.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD2607 Bids

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