A form of cottage chair fitted with half round rockers, good for dozing in before the fire or on the verandah. There are many variants dating from about the middle of the 18th century, although most found on the Australian market are Victorian or later. Many rocking chairs are based on adaptations of the Windsor chair, with or without arms, others on the 19th century Grecian chair, usually with a caned seat and back. American spindle back chairs were also made as rockers. The genuine rocking chair is usually somewhat wider than the standard dining chair, and the American spindle back rocker always has two horizontal splats below the vertical spindles. Some truly wonderful rocking chairs were made by Thonet and others in bentwood during the second half of the 19th century.
A platform rocker is a chair mounted on a frame or platform, with short legs and castors. The rocking chair itself was fitted with coiled springs to regulate the action when in use. They were very popular from the later 19th century until the 1930s, and often had a carpet back and seat.
Skid rockers are not as common as platform rockers. more...The rocking motion is achieved by mounting the chair on a pair of rounded skids.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finnish, 1914-1999), Mademoiselle Rocking Chair, designed 1956, manufactured by Artek, white painted solid birch frame, seat and back, retains decal label 'Design Ilmari Tapiovaara Artek 2011', height 96 cm. Provenance: Purchased
A good Victorian oak and cane rocking chair, 19th century, the square backed chair with a richly pierced and carved cresting rail, curved arms with embellished ends having turned supports above a scroll carved apron with turned legs, the back and seat in g
A Swedish white-painted birch rocking arm-chair, late 19th century, the shaped top-rail above the stick back and scrolling arms, the solid seat with down-scrolled front, on turned supports. Height 113 cm. Width 62 cm. Depth 119 cm
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