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July 29, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Chairs,History of Antiques — Harriet

There is no doubt that sitting upright in a Victorian wing chair is much better for the posture than slouching in a modern armchair.

The wing chair has been in existence for over 250 years, but the chair went into mass production during the Victorian era and thousands were made. It was during this period too that much emphasis was placed on the comfort of the chair rather than its covering where better padding and machined springs were incorporated.

The Victorian wing chair was made in a variety of styles. Early examples still tended to have elaborate carving with richly coloured damask upholstery. However by the middle of Victoria’s reign, the chair became plainer although many still had quite elaborately carved shortened cabriole legs.

The chairs were placed in a variety of rooms within the Victorian household and it was often the covering that dictated their function. The library wing chair for example was usually made of leather and this type was also used for smoking and billiards rooms where men generally gathered. Damasks and velvets were usually reserved for the more elegant drawing rooms for general entertaining and chintz for the bedrooms. There were also examples below stairs which were often covered in floral cottons and linens.

When buying Victorian wing chairs, check whether the springing and padding is in good order and avoid any chairs that are rickety. Also reupholstery is expensive although this could make a very good project if you were that way inclined. Plus some people like the shabbiness of a well worn leather wing chair. When looking for Victorian wing armchairs and Victorian dining chairs , Lancashire antique dealers will have many fine examples to show you.

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