Learn about Rocking Chair

A form of cottage chair fitted with half round rockers, good for dozing in before the fire or on the verandah. There are many variants dating from about the middle of the 18th century, although most found on the Australian market are Victorian or later. Many rocking chairs are based on adaptations of the Windsor chair, with or without arms, others on the 19th century Grecian chair, usually with a caned seat and back. American spindle back chairs were also made as rockers. The genuine rocking chair is usually somewhat wider than the standard dining chair, and the American spindle back rocker always has two horizontal splats below the vertical spindles. Some truly wonderful rocking chairs were made by Thonet and others in bentwood during the second half of the 19th century.

A platform rocker is a chair mounted on a frame or platform, with short legs and castors. The rocking chair itself was fitted with coiled springs to regulate the action when in use. They were very popular from the later 19th century until the 1930s, and often had a carpet back and seat.

Skid rockers are not as common as platform rockers. more...
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Douglas Snelling (Australian, 1916-1985), rocking chair, designed c. 1948, painted timber frame, with green webbed seat, height 71 cm

Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finnish, 1914-1999), Mademoiselle Rocking Chair, designed 1956, manufactured by Artek, white painted solid birch frame, seat and back, retains decal label 'Design Ilmari Tapiovaara Artek 2011', height 96 cm. Provenance: Purchased

A 19th century ash and elm stick back rocking chair, the back with two levels of turned sticks, the woven rush seat raised on turned legs and stretchers

An antique upholstered rocking chair wiyh matching foot stool

A French provincial childrens rocking chair with rush seat. 50 cm high

An early 20th century walnut dexter rocking chair. Height 107 cm, width 60 cm, depth 60 cm

Vintage timber rocking chair, with pink floral upholstered cushions

Bentwood rocking chair rocking chair with analined leather seat and back. Press stud detail Italy, c. 1920 108 cm high, 57 cm wide, 108 cm deep

A late nineteenth century highback American rocking chair with spindle decoration 100 cm high, 65 cm wide, 80 cm deep

A provincial ash rocking chair with rush seat, English, 19th century

Antique American spindle back rocking chair with leather upholstered seat

Vintage folding rocking chair with floral bouquet tapestry upholstery

An Edwardian bentwood rocking chair with floral upholstery 48 cm x 92 cm x 88 cm

A good Victorian oak and cane rocking chair, 19th century, the square backed chair with a richly pierced and carved cresting rail, curved arms with embellished ends having turned supports above a scroll carved apron with turned legs, the back and seat in g

Vintage rocking chair, with upholstered back & seat

A wrought iron rocking chair, Australian, circa 1870. Reputedly originally from Bathurst base hospital

Vintage rocking chair, with floral brocade upholstery

Antique cedar rocking chair with deep buttoned fabric upholstery