Learn about Hall Chair

A wooden chair usually without arms, with a wooden seat and an upright shaped back, sometimes including a carved family crest. They were placed in the entrance halls of large houses and are exceedingly uncomfortable and present day purchases are for decorative rather than practical use. Suggestions that they were purposely made uncomfortable, to discourage the servants from sitting down on the job, are probably exaggerated. Hall chairs were designed by Chippendale among others, and the general style continued for at least the next century.
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An Edwardian hall chair, carved owl decoration, orange upholstery

A rare Bermuda 'Chippendale' hall chair, circa 1780, with pierced flat back splat and drop in seat on cabriole front legs with ball and claw feet, of pegged and joint construction, 54 cm wide, 57 cm deep, 104 cm high

Rare pair of antique French carved oak Gothic hall benches (2)

A William IV mahogany hall chair, in original condition

A pair of high-back hall chairs with upholstered seats, carved centre panel with original caned back, fluted turned front legs

A pair Continental carved mahogany hall chairs c.1900, the backs decorated with carved putti mask, griffons, scrolls and acanthus leaves, height: 99 cm Provenance: Ex Claude de Bernarles, Cottesloe Civic centre

Cedar hall chair. Early 20th century, carved in the Art Nouveau style

A pair of high-back hall chairs with upholstered seats, carved centre panel with original caned back, fluted turned front legs

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 pair of George lll mahogany hall chairs, by Thomas and G Seddon, London, English, circa 1820. Provenance: Martyn Cook Antiques, Sydney

An impressive imposing walnut and pink upholstered hall chair. 155 cm high.

A Georgian shield back mahogany hall chair, early 19th century, of refined proportions with gadroon decoration to the crest above a recessed medallion to the centre back and a leaf border in low relief to a shaped flat seat and raised on slender tapering a

A Louis XIV style carved leather upholstered hall chair

Hall chairs. Pair of late 19th century Continental Empire style mahogany

An 18th century walnut framed hall chair, with a foliate and fleur de lis crest above an upholstered back and seat

A pair of Charles II oak hall chairs, each with a cane inset back and seat beneath a Crown motif crest rail and barley twist supports, above conforming twist turned legs and cross-stretchers

A pair of oak shield back hall chairs, 19th century, the pale honey toned chairs with shaped backs having squared shoulders with a foliate crest, a central recessed shield with generous relief carved acanthus leaf embellishments to squared seats with cante

A late Victorian oak hall chair. Late 19th century, the square back chair with an arched relief carved crest, a carved full width panel and two shaped pierced sections below, the seat supported on ring turn knopped front legs United by a squared stretcher,

A Victorian walnut panel back hall chair. Second half 19th century, the square backed chair with a relief carved ribbed motif to the frame, with finials, spindles, ribbed spandrels and a central panel with a carved roundel, the squared seat supported on tu

A late Victorian oak tile back hall chair. Late 19th century, the square back chair with a swan neck pediment and a row of short spindles above a central sepia toned stylised rose tile, the square form seat supported on ring turned legs, splayed to the rea

A rare George III mahogany hall chair with bronze framed insignia of the Prince of Wales feathers, c.1810

A Victorian mahogany shield back hall chair, the back with a combination of overlaid shields with furled carvings, plain seat raised on tapering turned legs

A pair of French Louis XIV style hall chairs with twist decoration

A rare and unusual carved whalebone and caned armchair, probably American, circa 1830, the shaped top rail surmounted by four whale teeth above a plain cross splat and five hand carved spindles, the arms with curved rests and spindle supports (four replace

Late Victorian hall chair with carved and spindle back and turned front legs