Learn about Balloon Back Chairs

A Victorian dining or drawing room chair, the quintessential symbol of the Victorian era. The back upright is waisted just above the seat, widening to a rounded curve at the top rail, forming a balloon shape. The chairs were popular from the 1830s until the end of the 19th century. British balloon back chairs were usually made from mahogany or walnut, while the Australian version was made in cedar or sometimes Huon pine. They were made in a multitude of variations, as anyone who has tried to find a matching chair to a set, can attest.

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Antique walnut balloon back chair, with tapestry upholstered seat

A Victorian mahogany balloon back chair, mid 19th century, the chair with a shaped plain frame and a dipped crest, a gently pulvinated straight seating rail with a drop in seat and raised upon slender turned and ribbed baluster legs, upholstered in a flora

Two similar Victorian balloon back chairs with cabriole legs, 86 cm high

A matching pair of Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, each: 86 cm high

A mid Victorian mahogany balloon back chair with cabriole legs

A pair of Victorian balloon back occasional chairs. Second half 19th century, of delicate form, each with waisted circular backs with a fluted motif to the frame and a small flower motif to the mid rail above a serpentine stuffover seat upholstered in a fl

A Victorian balloon back occasional chair. Second half 19th century, the chair with a waisted and circular open back with pierced and relief carved foliate motifs to the midrail above a serpentine stuffover seat and raised on cabriole legs with a shell or

A pair of upholstered Victorian chairs, later 19th century, the buttoned balloon back chairs with serpentine stuffover seats raised on curvaceous legs; upholstered in cream jacquard. Height 89 cm. Width 49 cm. Depth 58 cm

A Victorian mahogany chair, second half 19th century, in the French manner, the balloon back chair carved and pierced with knots and leaves to the midrail above a stuffover serpentine seat with a shaped apron and curvaceous legs; not upholstered. Height 85

A mid 19th century mahogany balloon back chair with cabriole legs and upholstered seat. Height 85 cm

A Victorian mahogany balloon back chair, 19th century, the chair with a framed tablet back and a small carved flower carved crest above a serpentine seat and raised on slender knopped and fluted legs; upholstered in a dusky red linen weave. Height 90 cm. W

A balloon back mahogany chair in the French manner, later 19th century, the chair with a sinuous pierced frame encircling a padded tablet back, a stuffover seat with a serpentine profile, a curved apron and slender cabriole legs, splayed to the rear; uphol

A Victorian mahogany balloon back chair, 19th century, in the French manner with a circular floral carved back to a button padded seat with a serpentine profile and raised on cabriole legs, upholstered in sage green velvet. Height 90 cm. Width 48 cm. Depth

A pair of Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, c.1870's. The chairs have turned front legs with upholstered seats. Height 87 cm

Pair of balloon back dining chairs with floral upholstery

A pair of Louis XV style walnut chairs, circa 1880, the delicate curvaceous balloon back chairs each with a rocaille carved crest, scrolled side supports to serpentine stuffover seats, shaped relief carved aprons above cabriole legs with scroll feet and up

A pair of Victorian mahogany chairs, late 19th century, of typical balloon back form with a foliate scroll crest and a shaped midrail with a relief carved medallion, a stuffover seat covered in cafe au lait velvet above a lightly engraved apron and slender

A pair of walnut balloon back upholstered side chairs c.1880. The chairs are decorated with carved back rails and cabriole legs with scrolling feet. Height 88 cm

Pair of Victorian carved balloon back salon chairs with cabriole legs

Carver Chair: Early 20th century balloon back reproduction carver chair with floral tapestry seat.

A pair of Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs similar to the above. Some faults.

Pair of Victorian style balloon back chairs, with scroll carved splats and turned reeded front legs

Pair of mahogany balloon back chairs, with turned reeded front legs

A Victorian mahogany balloon back chair with wool needlework seat and turned front legs

A Victorian mahogany balloon back chair with wool needlework seat and turned and vertically lobed front legs

A Victorian mahogany chair, 19th century, the waisted shaped balloon back chair with a pierced scroll and foliate splat to a serpentine stuffover seat upon fluted cabriole legs with scrolled feet; upholstered in a cream self patterned floral fabric. Height

A pair of Victorian rosewood chairs, circa 1880s, the balloon back style chairs with waisted back with a channel feature to the frame, the crest with restrained arched embellishments, the mid rail conforming, a stuffover seat with a shaped apron with a cha

A pair of petite pale mahogany balloon back chairs, English, 19th century

Two Victorian balloon back mahogany chairs, circa 1860s, the petite chairs, one with a pierced crest and a pierced scroll mid rail, the other with a serpentine crest above a shaped mid rail, with stuffover seats, shaped aprons above fine cabriole legs and

A pair of Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, later 19th century, the back with a central pierced decorative splat in the form of a crossed oval knot above a shaped seat and apron with foliate carved cabriole legs and upholstered in leopard print fabri

A pair of walnut chairs in the Louis XV manner, late 19th century. The balloon back chairs having matching carved and pierced foliate motifs to the crest and mid rail sections above a stuffover seat with a shaped apron and cabriole legs, sabre style to the

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