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.
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
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