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.
A set of six Victorian walnut balloon back chairs. Mid 19th century. The backs with narrow channel scroll motifs to the inner frame and pierced acanthus mid rails, serpentine stuffover seats to cabriole legs, upholstered in deep aquamarine velvet. Height 9
A set of six early Victorian balloon back chairs, 19th century. The waisted chairs with a moulded frame having an arching mid rail with relief carved scroll embellishments, above stuffover buttoned seats and raised on slender reeded legs and toupie feet; u
A set of six Victorian mahogany chairs, 19th century, the balloon back chairs with a gently curved frame, a pierced curvaceous midrail above a shaped stuffover seat and cabriole legs with scroll feet; upholstered in green velvet. Height 85 cm. Width 46 cm.
A set of six Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, mid to late 19th century, of typical form with a scrolled cresting rail and a conforming mid rail upon reeded baluster shaped legs, the serpentine shaped stuffover seats upholstered in a cream and autumn
A set of six Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, circa 1880s, with rounded cresting rails with scroll embellishments and a foliate mid rail, with stuff over seats and upon baluster shaped turned legs, upholstered in sage velvet. Height 89 cm
A set of ten mahogany chairs, six late Victorian, four later, balloon back chairs of simple C scroll design, stuffed over seats terminating in turned and carved baluster legs. Height 89 cm. Width 47 cm. Depth 55 cm
A set of siXVictorian mahogany dining chairs, the balloon backs with plain panelled decoration above over stuffed serpentine seats upholstered in ivory silk, raised on flutted and turned tapering legs on ceramic castors (6)
A set of six early Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, circa 1840, the shaped carved backs above blue floral upholstered seat with centurion skirt and baluster shaped carved front legs and out swept legs to the rear. Height 83 cm
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