In Cumbria, Victorian dining chairs are regularly snapped up at auctions, appealing both to dealers and private buyers. One of the most popular forms is the Victorian balloon backed dining chair . In Lancashire and Cumbria, antique balloon backed dining chairs are currently enjoying something of a revival.
In Cumbria and Lancashire, antique dining tables and Victorian dining chairs are often inherited as heirlooms. Sadly, modern tastes and dining habits have changed, and many people feel disinclined to keep these beautiful pieces of furniture. However, this is good news for collectors, who can find Victorian balloon backed dining chairs in Preston at remarkably low cost. Teamed with a matching antique dining table, they have a superb dining suite which will last forever – for far less cost than the modern equivalent.
Often bought by middle-class families and then kept “for best” in times gone by, it is not unusual to find early Victorian balloon backed dining chairs in remarkably good condition. Day-to-day dining would be conducted from plainer, less embellished furniture, and the elaborately carved, plush upholstered balloon-back chairs used for Sunday dining and special occasions. The Victorian housewife wanted to “outdo” her neighbours and shine in front of her guests, so it was worth buying quality. Because so many of these stately, fashionable chairs were purchased, they are widely available – and highly affordable – today.
Antique dealers in Preston sell Antique Balloon Backed Dining Chairs covering the entire Victorian period. They range from stately Hepplewhite designs to flamboyant Chippendale Revival styles. In Lancashire, there’s a Victorian balloon back dining chair to suit every type of home.
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