Learn about Bar Back Chairs

Also known as rail back, Regency, Trafalgar and spade back chairs. A chair in which a straight or slightly curved top rail extends horizontally between or across the rear uprights. The design is attributed to Sheraton. In the early versions the top rail was often supported by vertical splats, sometimes plain or reeded, sometimes carved with various motifs. The legs were either square or more generally tapered, sometimes reeded. The simple, square form of the late 18th century chairs evolved into the more rounded shape common through much of the 19th century, sometimes known as spade back chairs, many of which were made in Australia from red cedar. The top rail is curved, extending beyond the uprights, and generally shaped and rounded at the ends. The construction is strengthened by a horizontal curved splat and the legs are almost always turned. The heavier the turning, the later the chair.
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Set of four Regency mahogany side chairs, with arched cresting rails, navy blue upholstery, on sabre legs (4), height 87 cm width 51 cm depth 42 cm. Provenance: purchased from Sothebys, Melbourne, c. 1990

A set of 4 spade back cedar dining chairs with octagonal legs, circa 1840

A set of eight late Regency mahogany dining chairs, each with anthemion carved cresting rail above a carved splat on turn legs including two elbow chairs. Provenance: purchased 1950s at the notable Decorations Auction, Melbourne

A harlequin set of six Tasmanian spade back chairs, cedar and blackwood, circa 1850

Set of four mid 19th century Australian bar back dining chairs (4)

4 x cedar 19th century Trafalgar style dining chairs with concave fronts

Rare set of ten cedar bar back dining chairs, maker William Grant & Co George St Sydney (10)

A good set of six cedar Trafalgar chairs, Australian, circa 1850. 96 cm high, 46 cm wide, 39 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Hobart Tasmania

A set of six early Victorian cedar dining chairs, each having a reeded spade back and horizontal splat above a fitted seat and turned faceted legs.

Six Colonial cedar Trafalgar dining chairs on facetted legs (1 chair damaged) - bow fronted

A set of six Regency casuarina inlaid mahogany dining chairs English, 85 x 50 cm. Presumably the casuarina was imported to England from Australia and used as inlay.

A set of six Australian cedar dining chairs, the spade back with plain arch back rail and drop-in padded seat with tapering tulip front legs

Set of six cedar 'Trafalgar' chairs with timber seats and turned front legs