21 Aug 2019
October 11, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Chairs — Harriet

Essentially no; however, there are some earlier Regency examples of the chair. Although it was factory production that produced the seamless join of the cresting rail and frame to produce what is now the traditional balloon shape, hand made Hepplewhite chairs in the late 18th century were also creating the seamless join in his oval and shield back chairs.  As the 19th century progressed, the front legs of this antique dining chair moved away from the sabre leg of classical antiquity towards a heavier baluster leg. The back leg also began to flow smoothly into the curving back of the chair which in turn joined the cresting rail to give the seamless shape.

By the beginning of Victoria’s reign, fine dining was becoming fashionable more generally. The added strength and the smooth seamless construction meant that the balloon back chair was ideal for lengthy dinner parties where the nipped in backs could accommodate the largest of diners. Lighter examples of the chair were also made for the bedroom and drawing room.

A variety of woods have been used in its manufacture from the finest rosewood, to American walnut and mahogany. Cheaper examples could be made in beech or birch then stained to mimic the more expensive woods, or veneered. Earlier examples tended to have the drop in seat where later chairs had stuffed over seats.

The balloon back Victorian antique dining chair was sold through many of the well known furniture dealerships of the time who often produced their own version of the chair. When looking for good quality antique Victorian dining chairs , Lancashire dealers will be able to guide you on strength and style.

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