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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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 1860s balloon back chairs having superior quality carved decoration with some damage to mid rails, each chair: 86 cm high, 46 cm wide x 43 cm deep

Set of 6 Victorian balloon back walnut dining chairs, serpentine fronts with French cabriole legs & carved highlights. Some restoration required. Fair/Good condition

A set of six Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs some faults.

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 walnut balloon back chairs with carved backrail on cabriole legs.

A set of six rosewood balloon back dining chairs c.1860's, Continental the chairs are decorated with carved scrolling fretwork back rails, cabriole front legs and upholstered seats. Height 84 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 six Victorian mahogany carved balloon back dining chairs, restrained carved detail to the backs, turned front legs, contemporary patterned upholstered seats

Set of eight Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs two carvers, six singles, green leather upholstery (8). Height 89 cm width 53 cm

Six Victorian balloon back chairs c.1880’s, walnut with modern upholstery, carved cabriole legs, carved back rail. Height 90 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 mahogany dining chairs, circa 1880, the balloon backs with curved back rails to red velvet seats on reeded and turned legs. Height 91 cm

A set of six mahogany balloon back chairs, circa 1870, the shaped back with carved back rail over a sprung upholstered serpentine fronted seat and shaped cabriole legs. Height 93 cm

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

A set of six Victorian baluster leg chairs, circa 1890, the shaped balloon backs and carved back rail to an upholstered seat on baluster shaped legs and splayed rear legs. Height 90 cm

A very good set of 6, mid Victorian, walnut, balloon back chairs with fretted and carved splats and upholstered in a cranberry coloured cotton velvet fabric

A set of six Australian cedar and upholstered balloon back dining chairs (6)

A set of six mahogany balloon back dining chairs cream ground floral brocade upholstered

Set of 6 Victorian walnut balloon back chairs with carved back rail on cabriole legs

A set of six Victorian mahogany chairs, each balloon back with pierced upright splat on turned tapering supports.

A set of six Victorian mahogany framed balloon back dining chairs each with a scroll carved splat and supported on turned legs. Upholstered in pears and apples decorated modern fabric