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.
A set of six William IV rosewood chairs, circa 1830, with elegant gently rolled spade backs above square side supports, the mid rail with elegant carved Regency acanthus scrolls, a drop in seat and raised on slender baluster legs with paterae decorations a
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
A set of eight Georgian mahogany chairs, early 19th century. The spade back chairs, including two carvers each having a target motif to the pierced and bowed mid rail to stuffover squared seats with slender ring turned and tapering legs; upholstered in oli
A set of four William IV mahogany spade back chairs, circa 1830s, in rich deep tones, the chairs with gently arched cresting rails and scroll and acanthus carved mid rails to wedge shaped drop in seats, with hole to hole cane underneath, and supported on s
A set of eight quality early 20th century burr walnut Queen Anne style dining chairs, the set including six side chairs and two carver chairs, elaborate urn splat backs with carved pediment detail, scrolling bar supports, serpentine shaped framed drop-in s
A fine set of ten Regency mahogany rail back dining chairs, circa 1830, including two carvers, the rail backs set with flame mahogany panels above tulip moulded uprights, the inset seats in moulded seat rail on turned tapering legs with spool feet, (10).
A set of six early Victorian mahogany spade back chairs, circa 1840s, with simple shaped backs and horizontal mid rails with carved papyrus motifs, the square form frames with stuffover seats to slender turned and tapering legs with centurion skirt embelli
A set of eight early Victorian mahogany spade back chairs, circa 1840, the spade backs having simple threaded edges and conforming mid rails the square form stuffover seats covered with pink velvet above slender baluster reeded and turned tapering legs. He
A set of six early Victorian mahogany spade back chairs, circa 1835-40, with a typical curved back and a moulded mid rail above a wedge shaped stuffover seat upholstered in an olive green bamboo lattice style fabric and having tapering turned and reeded fr
A set of six William IV mahogany carved dining chairs, the curved rail backs with restrained scroll and gadroon detail above a shorter scrolling rail, tapered reeded back supports, turned and lobed front legs. Upholstered in a floral Regency stripe.
A set of four Regency simulated rosewood dining chairs, each with a cresting rail with brass inlaid anthemion decoration flanked by carved stylised acanthus carving below a pierced splat and cane seat on sabre legs.
A set of eight Regency mahogany dining chairs, each having a cresting rail ornately carved with scrolling acanthus above anthemion carved horizontal splat, having a drop in d seat, on ring turned and fluted tapering legs.
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