Learn about Melbourne Chair Company

The Melbourne Chair Company made wooden cottage chairs, with spindle backs, featuring Australian motifs pressed into the top rail. The three most common designs were: the kangaroo back with banksia flowers (registered number 252), the emu back with ferns and gum flowers (registered number 253), the lyrebird back with ferns and the Sturt desert pea (registered number 254). There is a fourth design featuring the Australian coat of arms, but this is very scarce.

The Melbourne Chair Company, is still in business under the trade name Melchair Pty Ltd. The so-called Federation chairs were made from about 1906 until the 1930s, although reproductions are now on the market, including carver and high chairs. Some of the original machines in fact are still in use, but the dies used to press the famous backs have been replaced.

Tasmanian blackwood was used for the turned legs and spindles, the seats were usually of kauri pine, sometimes saddled, sometimes caned, and the backs were pressed from hoop pine. When finished, the chairs were dipped in varnish. more...
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An English mahogany tapestry seat chair in the Chippendale style. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A George III style wing-back arm chair, English, 19th century, upholstered in yellow damask silk. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

Walter Burley Griffin chair from Newman College, University of Melbourne, oak and leather, c1917, Australia

Walter Burley Griffin chair from Newman College, University of Melbourne, oak and leather, c1917, Australia

Walter Burley Griffin pair of chairs from Newman College, University of Melbourne, oak and leather, c1917, Australia

Walter Burley Griffin pair of chairs from Newman College, University of Melbourne, oak and leather, c1917, Australia

A Cafe Australia dining chair, blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), plywood and leather designed by Marion Mahoney Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin, 1916 being part of the furnishing of the 'Fern Room' in Melbourne's Cafe Australia, located at 268-274 Collins

Lyrebird dining chairs. A good set of 6 by Melbourne Chair Co. Early 20th century.

A George II mahogany upholstered occasional chair, English, circa 1760. Provenance: Westbury Antiques, Melbourne

O. Noel Coulson (1905-1993), arm chair, c. 1958 manufactured by S. Andrewartha furniture, Melbourne, with upholstered back and seat, front legs with brass sabots. Height 85 cm, width 60 cm, depth 52 cm. Provenance: Commissioned for 211 Kooyong Rd, Toorak,

O. Noel Coulson (1905-1993), pair of upholstered open arm chairs, c. 1958 manufactured by S. Andrewartha furniture Manufacturers, Richmond, Melbourne, limed oak frames, fluted square front legs with brass sabots (2). Height 80 cm, width 60 cm, depth 77 cm.

A Jimmy Possum chair, Tasmania, circa 1895, of typical construction from Australian Eucalypt, with a spindle back and slab seat, the legs jointed through to form the arm rests, 62 cm wide, x 45 cm deep x, 112 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection Melbour

A George III mahogany carver chair, English circa 1760. 95 cm high, 70 cm wide, 48 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A George II hardwood dining chair, English, possibly colonial early 18th century. 100 cm high, 57 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A George III mahogany Gainsborough chair, English 18th century. 102 cm high 66 cm wide and 58 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A set of ten George I style dining chairs, including two carver chairs. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A gilt wood throne chair, French, 19th century. 125 cm high, 74 cm wide and 60 cm deep. Provenance. Private Collection Toorak, Melbourne

A pair of George III mahogany leather saddle back chairs, English, 18th century. 89 cm high, 50 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

Six Victorian dining chairs Ex. ANZ Bank Melbourne. Stamped Craig Williamson and Thomas, Melbourne

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937) A Newman College dining chair, 1916 attributed manufacturer, James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1916 oak, leather. Literature: National Gallery of Victoria, one hundred Modern chairs, NGV, Melbourne, 1974, no. 73(a)

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), a pair of Newman College desk chairs, 1916, attributed manufacturer, James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne oak, leather, steel

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), a pair of Newman College dining chairs, 1916, attributed manufacturer, James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1916, oak, leather. Literature: National Gallery of Victoria, one hundred modern chairs, NGV, Melbourne, 1974,

Kjell Grant (born 1929), a Montreal chair, designed 1966, manufactured by William Latchford & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne, c.1967 steel, leather. Notes: This chair design was commissioned by Robin Boyd for the Australian Pavillion at the 1967 Montreal Expo. Li

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

A fine Victorian Irish walnut music chair with padded back, the apron with carved foliate on cabriole supports with hand embroidered tapestry. Provenance purchased from the notable 20th century Melbourne antique dealer, Danuta Rogowski

An early Victorian Japanned ladies chair with handmade cane seat inlaid with mother of pearl. Paper label affixed 'Rocke and Co' Melbourne

Clement Meadmore, six high back dining chairs, manufactured by Michael Hirst, Melbourne, black and white coated steel rods, loose vinyl seat cushions

An Australian Art Deco dining suite, circa 1930, retailed through Ackman's Ltd. Fitzroy, Melbourne, the suite in walnut veneer comprising a magnificent table featuring a floral carved twin pedestal base together with two original leaves and four matching c

A set of six 19th century Australian colonial blackwood dining chairs each with Crown top curved splat on cabriole supports, maker Paxton & Allan Collins Street Melbourne

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