Learn about Prayer Chair or Prie-Dieu

A low chair with a low upholstered seat and very tall back, usually padded at the top for kneeling to pray. The chairs date from Victorian times, though they generally have a vaguely Jacobean appearance, with barley-sugar twists and the back is either caned or covered in tapestry. The form derives from an earlier piece of ecclesiastical furniture.

Learn about Pub Chair

In the English form, it was a Windsor chair, not unlike a captain's or bow back chair, and sometimes known as a smoker's bow. The Australian pub chair has a decorative cast iron frame and wooden seat, with the weight of the cast iron presumably to deter patrons from using it as a missile or weapon.

Learn about Tub Chair

A low easy chair, usually with a rounded back, padded on top and supported by spindles, which forms the arm rest. The term is also applied to many small comfortable upholstered lounge chairs.
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An unusual oak and polychrome decorated throne chair, probably Italian, 17th century, the back panel carved with ecclesiastical figures, with original upholstery which converts into a prayer chair

An 1880s Australian blackwood prayer chair, 95 cm high. 54 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A circa 1870's Prie-dieu high-back chair with the original tapestry. Height 110 cm. Width 40 cm. Depth 45 cm

A Victorian walnut Gothic revival style prayer chair with cabriole legs and original gothic needlework seat and back, circa 1840, 101 cm high

Antique French provincial prayer chair, in fruit wood and rush seat

Antique French prayer chair, carved decoration in relief, approx 86 cm high

Antique 18th century French x frame chair, converted to a prayer chair

A Victorian bedroom chair, upholstered with buttoned backrest in check fabric; legs extended, originally a prie dieu

An elaborately carved prayer chair, Continental, 19th century

A 19th century Continental walnut prayer chair upholstered in hand beaded fabric

A small Victorian period walnut prie dieu style chair with ornate leaf and scroll carved decoration, barley twist column supports, cabriole front legs and green brocade covers

A 19th century prie-dieu style hall chair, the ornately carved back decorated with scrolling branches and leaves, flanked by barley twist supports, the seat front with scrolling acanthus decorated legs with brass casters. Old cross-stitched worked drop-in