Although the Victorian antique dining chair , perhaps more than any other piece of furniture during this period, tends to reflect the styles of an earlier age, they were certainly built for comfort. Their construction was generally heavier than their period counterparts and more curvaceous machine styling overrode the sharper hand carved design features of earlier pieces.
By 1840 comfort was key and a revival of French rococo styling created an opportunity for furniture manufacturers to produce rounder backs and the balloon back chair as a part of sets of six, for dining, began to be made in large quantities. These chairs particularly were sculptured to fit into the sitter’s back and were robust enough to withstand long hours at the dining table.
It was the introduction of mass production techniques that refined turning and jointing to produce the seamlessly rounded appearance of the balloon back. Machining also produced heavier, more substantial baluster and cabriole legs, although the carving was not as crisp as period examples. The seat was generally wider and very comfortable. Earlier chairs had drop in seats, where later examples were stuffed over and filled with compacted horsehair held in place by webbing and canvas which was fixed to the rails.
The balloon back chair was also used in the bedroom as well as the drawing room and dining room. They were made in a variety of woods. Finer examples were made in rosewood, mahogany and American walnut. Cheaper examples could be made of beech or birch and were sometimes stained to emulate the more expensive woods.
If you are searching for Victorian antique dining chairs in Lancashire , antique dealers in Preston should be able to help.
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