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.
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 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
We do not automatically renew subscriptions, however you will be contacted prior to the expiry date and you may choose to renew if you wish.
We offer library subscriptions at competitive rates for both in-library access via IP address and off-library access through EZproxy software or similar. One subscription covers all libraries in your group.