A term that came into use in the early 1900s to describe a chair usually with a curved back supported by spindles, and with a revolving caned, leather or solid wooden seat, that had a screw adjustable height. Some also incorporated a tilt mechanism, but the height and tilt adjustment mechanisms were primitive by today's standard.
A pair of George III mahogany Gainsborough library chairs, circa 1770, with shaped crest above a rectangular back, downswept arms, raised on square legs joined by stretchers, upholstered in later heraldic fabric, cream shield shaped emblems amidst foliate
A cedar library chair by Andrew Lenehan, New South Wales, circa 1850, the upholstered back and seat with stylised bulb turnings supporting the arms, stamped A. Lenehan. Provenance: The Collection of Lord McAlpine of West Green. Private Collection Melbourne
Walter Burley Griffin, desk armchair on castors, 1916 Japanese oak and leather, manufactured by James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne. Height 104 cm. Provenance: Newman College, University of Melbourne, Victoria
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