21 Aug 2019
May 9, 2011 - Filed under: Victorian Dining Chairs — David

Buyers of Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire are often drawn to the spindle-back rustic simplicity of the Lancashire chair itself. However, those inspired by the Royal Wedding have been looking for a plusher, more formal look in their own homes. As a result, sales of antique balloon back dining chairs is likely to see a rise.

The elaborately styled, richly upholstered Victorian balloon backed dining chair is a total contrast to the farmhouse style of the spindle-back Lancashire. Some arts & crafts furniture designers did create Gothic Revival and cane seated styles, which fit well into a more rustic environment. However, in general people associate the antique balloon back dining chair with luxury and prestige. Certainly, most of the styles seen in antique shops lean towards the opulent.

While some Victorian balloon backed dining chairs had leather seats, the majority were textile upholstered – often in red velvet, an almost mandatory colour in Victorian dining rooms. On chairs sold today, the upholstery has often been replaced, but it’s worth seeking out original examples as they can spring a few surprises. For example, early and mid-Victorian balloon back dining chairs often had hand-sewn tapestry seats, and other Arts & Crafts furniture embellishments. Marshalls of the Wirral recently auctioned a pair of charming early Victorian balloon backed dining chairs, with original needlepoint tapestry seats and elaborate hand-carving. Slight discrepancies in size indicated these chairs were totally hand-made.

For a touch of royal opulence – or rustic simplicity – in your dining room, antique dealers in Preston have Victorian dining chairs in a variety of beautiful styles.

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