A wooden chair usually without arms, with a wooden seat and an upright shaped back, sometimes including a carved family crest. They were placed in the entrance halls of large houses and are exceedingly uncomfortable and present day purchases are for decorative rather than practical use. Suggestions that they were purposely made uncomfortable, to discourage the servants from sitting down on the job, are probably exaggerated. Hall chairs were designed by Chippendale among others, and the general style continued for at least the next century.
A Georgian shield back mahogany hall chair, early 19th century, of refined proportions with gadroon decoration to the crest above a recessed medallion to the centre back and a leaf border in low relief to a shaped flat seat and raised on slender tapering a
A pair of oak shield back hall chairs, 19th century, the pale honey toned chairs with shaped backs having squared shoulders with a foliate crest, a central recessed shield with generous relief carved acanthus leaf embellishments to squared seats with cante
A late Victorian oak hall chair. Late 19th century, the square back chair with an arched relief carved crest, a carved full width panel and two shaped pierced sections below, the seat supported on ring turn knopped front legs United by a squared stretcher,
A Victorian walnut panel back hall chair. Second half 19th century, the square backed chair with a relief carved ribbed motif to the frame, with finials, spindles, ribbed spandrels and a central panel with a carved roundel, the squared seat supported on tu
A late Victorian oak tile back hall chair. Late 19th century, the square back chair with a swan neck pediment and a row of short spindles above a central sepia toned stylised rose tile, the square form seat supported on ring turned legs, splayed to the rea
A rare and unusual carved whalebone and caned armchair, probably American, circa 1830, the shaped top rail surmounted by four whale teeth above a plain cross splat and five hand carved spindles, the arms with curved rests and spindle supports (four replace
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