Learn about Gentleman's Chair / Ladies Chair

A gentleman's chair, gent's chair or grandfather chair is a term usually applied in Australia to a deep upholstered Victorian easy chair, often button-backed and with upholstered arms. The chair generally stood on short cabriole legs and had a 'spoon' or a wide balloon back. The 'show wood', that is, the polished frame, was usually mahogany or walnut, although many examples in Australian red cedar have survived.

There are Australian versions of the gentleman's chair, ladies chair and matching settees, usually made from cedar, and occasionally from blackwood. As cedar is a softer timber than walnut, mahogany and rosewood, from which the English versions were made, the carving is usually not as crisp as in the imported version. However the Australian blackwood gentleman's chair is often difficult to distinguish from a good quality English walnut example.

The Edwardian form of the gentleman's chair is much squarer in outline, with short turned legs and the arms are often supported by spindles. There was sometimes a row of spindles, like a gallery, beneath the top rail. The chairs were frequently upholstered in leather. more...

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A 19th century upholstered grandfather chair in walnut, condition: minor repairs needed, upholstery as new, overall excellent condition

A Victorian buttoned back grandfather chair, Ht. 100 cm

A pair of buttoned back Grandmother chairs, Ht. 88 cm

A near matching pair of Victorian walnut ladies and gents chairs. .

A gents armchair, carved kauri pine frame with green velvet upholstery, circa 1880

Gents armchair with carved blackwood frame, Tasmanian origin, circa 1845

A pair of matching button backed grandmother and grandfather chairs 104 cm

A George III style mahogany armchair, English, late 19th century. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

An English mahogany tapestry seat chair in the Chippendale style. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A George III style wing-back arm chair, English, 19th century, upholstered in yellow damask silk. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A fine pair of Victorian lady's and gentleman's chairs, mid 19th century, the chairs with waisted button backs, richly ornamented with pierced and carved scrolling leaf forms and fruits, with stuffover serpentine seats, ornate aprons and floral encrusted c

A matching pair of grandmother and grandfather chairs, walnut framed cameo backs with buttoned-back upholstery, the cresting rails carved with stylised foliate designs, the arm supports of the Grandfather chair with hop designs, raised on cabriole legs wit

Victorian grandmother chair, with scroll carving and good upholstery

19th century kauri framed gentleman parlour chair, raised on cabriole legs with white porcelain casters, gold brocade upholstery.

A button back early Victorian gentleman's chair, circa 1840s-50s, with a spoon back showframe, padded arms rests, scrolling supports, a serpentine stuffover seat above turned and toupie feet with porcelain casters, upholstered in a cream lattice patterned

A Victorian walnut gentleman's chair, second half 19th century, the horseshoe shaped chair with an acanthus and scroll carved show frame surrounding the padded back, with enclosed sides, curvaceous supports and upon carved foliate embellished cabriole legs

Early 19th century cedar & mahogany gentlemans chair with arm fronts decorated with bullseye carving & gadrooned panel

A pair of cameo back ladies salon chairs, 100 cm high. 39 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A Victorian Grandmother and matching grandfather chair, 105 cm high. 70 cm wide, 80 cm deep

A pair of pale green velvet upholstered Grandmother chairs

A late Victorian button back ladies salon chair. Height 80 cm. Width 40 cm. Depth 50 cm

A walnut Edwardian grandfather chair of large proportions on original casters 100 cm high. 70 cm wide, 90 cm deep

Pair Victorian Grandmother & grandfather chairs. Red buttonback upholstery.