Learn about Gainsborough Chairs

Made in England in the 18th century, a Gainsborough chair (also called a "Hogarth chair") is a type of chair with a wide rectangular padded back, a wide upholstered seat and open wooden arms. The legs were either straight, and joined by stretchers, of Chippendale ball and claw style. Chippendale designed chairs in this style and named them "French chairs". Supposedly the modern name came into use because they resembled the chairs in the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough. The design is classic and timeless and chairs in this style are still made today.

Learn about Pub Chair

In the English form, it was a Windsor chair, not unlike a captain's or bow back chair, and sometimes known as a smoker's bow. The Australian pub chair has a decorative cast iron frame and wooden seat, with the weight of the cast iron presumably to deter patrons from using it as a missile or weapon.

Learn about Tub Chair

A low easy chair, usually with a rounded back, padded on top and supported by spindles, which forms the arm rest. The term is also applied to many small comfortable upholstered lounge chairs.
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A pair of mahogany framed maroon studded leather upholstered Gainsborough chairs

A pair of George III mahogany Gainsborough library chairs, circa 1770, with shaped crest above a rectangular back, downswept arms, raised on square legs joined by stretchers, upholstered in later heraldic fabric, cream shield shaped emblems amidst foliate

A pair of George III style Gainsborough armchairs, English, 19th century

A George II mahogany Gainsborough chair, the arched padded back, with out swept padded carved arms, with a shaped front on carved cabriole legs.

A George III mahogany Gainsborough chair, English 18th century. 102 cm high 66 cm wide and 58 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A George III style mahogany Gainsborough chair, the buttoned shield back and seat with studded downswept arms raised on squared supports and cross-stretchers

A George II mahogany Gainsborough chair with arch padded back and out swept carved arms, a shaped front on carved cabriole legs

A George III style mahogany Gainsborough chair buttoned and upholstered in leather. 108 cm high, 70 cm wide. 70 cm deep

A pair of late 19th century Gainsborough style mahogany library chairs each with arched padded back out swept padded arms on cabriole legs terminating in claw and ball feet

A pair of George III style mahogany Gainsborough armchairs, upholstered in pink cotton damask on reeded square section legs

George III style mahogany Gainsborough style open arm chair

George III mahogany Gainsborough chair, with domed back, shaped upholstered arm rests and raised on stile legs connected by an H-shaped stretcher

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