A carver chair is a dining chair with arms, also called an elbow chair. They are usually made in pairs as a part of a suite of dining chairs. Presumably they got their name from the fact that the master of the house would sit in one at the head of the table while carving the joint. Carver chairs are always larger in size, both height and width, than the equivalent side chair. A 'long' set of dining chairs that includes two carver chairs will always command a considerable price premium over a set of side chairs of the same number. Be aware that sometimes side chairs have had arms added at a later date to create carvers. In this case the giveaway is that the dimensions of the carver chairs will be the same as side chairs.
An important pair of George II carved giltwood library chairs, each with serpentine crest to back above padded arms and seat, elaborately carved with accanthus leaves and coin motifs throughout, supported by cabriole legs with similar decoration and uphols
A mahogany Hepplewhite style shield back carver. Relief carved and pierced to the back with delicate neoclassical forms, having curved arm rails to a leather covered shaped stuffover seat above tapering legs with spade feet United by an 'H' form an
A mahogany Regency revival occasional chair, mid 20th century, the carver with a shaped square back and three slender pierced splats, sweeping arm rests to reeded supports, a stuffover seat and raised on slender reeded legs to small toupie feet; upholstere
A George III walnut carver, late 18th to early 19th century, a commodious chair, with a gently arched back above a central wheat sheaf splat, two shaped burr figured arms with conforming supports to a wedge shaped drop in seat, and raised on square form le
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