A Victorian dining or drawing room chair, the quintessential symbol of the Victorian era. The back upright is waisted just above the seat, widening to a rounded curve at the top rail, forming a balloon shape. The chairs were popular from the 1830s until the end of the 19th century. British balloon back chairs were usually made from mahogany or walnut, while the Australian version was made in cedar or sometimes Huon pine. They were made in a multitude of variations, as anyone who has tried to find a matching chair to a set, can attest.
A set of four William IV mahogany dining chairs, circa 1830s, the waisted balloon back chairs with dipped crests, Regency scroll and sheaf embellished mid rails, stuffover seats, channelled seating rails and raised on slender turned baluster legs with toup
A set of four early Victorian balloon back chairs, circa 1840, the balloon back chairs each with carved scroll and fleur-de-lys embellishments to the mid rail, stuffover seats and raised on slender baluster legs with toupie feet, upholstered in floral line
A set of four Victorian mahogany chairs, second half 19th century, the balloon back chairs each with a curved mid rail with a foliate motif in relief to stuffover seats with square seating rails and raised on ball and baluster legs; upholstered in gold and
A set of four Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, 19th century, the waisted chairs with a foliate carved mid rail above a square stuffover seat, upholstered in deep maroon/brown leatherette and raised upon knopped and fluted baluster legs and toupie fe
A set of four Napoleon III mahogany chairs, circa 1880, the chairs with shaped balloon backs and floral carved and pierced crests, with padded backs and stuffover serpentine shaped seats and curvaceous legs, upholstered with fern sprigged mid green jacquar
A set of four Victorian balloon back chairs, mid 19th century, the chairs with a squared back and a shaped mid rail with a circular Celtic style motif to the centre, drop in seats and tapering turned and reeded front legs, splayed to the rear; upholstered
A set of four Victorian mahogany balloon back chairs, circa 1890, of typical waisted form with a rounded crest, and a scrolled mid rail with a pierced floral motif above a shaped stuffover seat in olive green velvet, on a cabriole leg. Height 86.5 cm
A set of ten mahogany chairs, six late Victorian, four later, balloon back chairs of simple C scroll design, stuffed over seats terminating in turned and carved baluster legs. Height 89 cm. Width 47 cm. Depth 55 cm
A set of four Victorian rosewood framed balloon back dining chairs, the open backs surmounted by floral carving in high relief, the overstuffed upholstered seat raised on cabriole legs with stylised shell carvings at the knees.
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