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Everything You Need to Know About Antique Chairs

Whether it’s a primitive chair from the American colonies or an upholstered classic from France, chairs tell a story about their makers and people who have used them throughout generations. On eBay, the selection ranges from 17th-century handmade antiques to mid-century modern. Styles include Chippendale, Victorian, Chippendale, Queen Anne, and more.

Which pre-1800 chairs are collectible?

Depending on the geographical region and maker, antique chairs built before the 1800s varied in craftsmanship and materials, which makes them sought after valuables. From antique French leather upholstered armchairs to sets of English Hepplewhite dining chairs, these pieces showed exquisite details and appealing coatings. Pieces for children as well as for everyday use sometimes came in in hues of red, blue, or green. Chairs like the French Louis XV fauteuil chair featured fine Aubusson tapestry and exotic wood while others, such as the 1700s Savonarola wood-carved folding Roosevelt chair, were meticulous reproductions of the originals.

19th-century antique chairs on eBay

Walnut, rosewood, and mahogany were top choices for formal furniture during the 19th century while country and primitive pieces often came in oak, maple, and pine. Upholstery fabrics included luxurious velvet, brocade, and leather, whereas caning and wicker were also common. With the invention of chemical dyes, fabric colors became bolder and more vivid. Chintz, printed cotton with floral patterns, made its debut and became a favorite for upholstered chairs.

Which features characterize 20th century chairs?

Art Deco as well as Arts and Crafts, also known as Mission styles, made their debut in the early 1900s. Bentwood, Chippendale, Victorian, and other traditional styles were still in wide use, and reproductions of earlier styles were mass-produced. Around 1950, the new mid-century modern look changed the way everyone decorated their homes, and bird's-eye maple and teak became the go-to woods for the new look. From 1950 to 2000, the use of synthetic fabric grew while plastic and metal replaced wood in many new styles and reproductions. A selection of 20th-century vintage chairs on eBay includes sets of folding chairs, caned rockers, dining chairs, contemporary designs, and traditional styles from other eras.

The appeal of the Morris chair

The original Morris chair, a kind of recliner, was developed in England around 1866. Later, Gustav Stickley recreated the vintage chair in the mission or craftsman style. This American style, which had a simple finish and unframed cushion, has been widely reproduced and has become one of the most common vintage chairs. The original Stickley antique chair is one of the most coveted and valuable antique chairs for sale on eBay.

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