Learn about Carver Chair / Elbow Chair

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.

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A pair of mahogany carvers embellished with harebells to the splat, English, 19th century, together with another oak carver

A mahogany carver chair with central vase formed splat, English, circa 1800

An oak Charles II style carver chair with applied diamond panels, 18th century and later

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 walnut carver chair with original tapestry, French, early 18th century

A mahogany carver with refined carved splat and serpentine seat, English, 18th century

A mahogany carver chair with finely carved splat and back rail, English, 18th century

A carver chair, Australian cedar, New South Wales origin, circa 1840

George III mahogany Chippendale carver armchair, pierced splat back, tapered square section legs, drop-in leather seat

George III mahogany Chippendale carver armchair, pierced splat back, tapered square section legs, drop-in leather seat

A pair of Australian cedar carver chairs, mid 19th century.

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

A19th century Australian cedar carver chair stamped (public works department) PWD. Height 91 cm

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

Regency mahogany carver chair with inlaid solid top rail, pierced horizontal slat with brass roundel on ringed tapering legs

A pair of early Victorian mahogany spade back carver chairs.

A pair of Edwardian mahogany cane seated carver chairs, English, early 20th century

Spade back carver chair, Australian cedar, circa 1850s

An early 19th century mahogany carver with rope twist mid rail and hexagonal faceted front legs

An Australian Colonial cedar rail back carver chair with burgundy leather stuff-over seat

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

Button back leather carver chair in the Georgian style, 20th century.

A George III mahogany Chippendale style carver, English, circa 1775. Provenance: L.J Cook & Co., Camberwell

A Sheraton style mahogany shield back carver, English, 19th century