Chairs, stools, settles & benches

Within our collection of antiques, you will unearth many fine examples of seating furniture. There are wainscot chairs, joint stools and settles including benches from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries

Wainscot chair

17th cenury oak wainscot chair with good deep carving to the back panel. With some restoration. W22". D16". H40". Circa 1620-40. £1750

oak back stools

Four early 18th century oak back stools of similar design. Circa 1700-20. £240 each SALE £150 each


Pair of Charles II oak chairs with fine spiral twist backs. Circa 1680. £850

georgian armchair

Georgian oak open armchair of bold proportions. Mid 18th century. £575 SALE £300


Charles I oak armchair with an unusual lunette carved crest rail over a plain panelled back and boldly turned uprights. Circa 1630-40. £2850


Charles II walnut and caned open armchair with spiral twist turnings and carved decoration. W23". D18". H46". Circa 1680. £750 SALE £400

Charles II oak settle

Charles II oak panel back settle with scrolled arms over ball turned legs and square stretchers. North country. Circa 1680. W74". D18". H44". £2750

George II upholstered stool

George II uphostered stool raised on bold cabriole legs with carved knees and ball and claw feet. Circa 1740. SALE SOLD


Early 17th century oak joint stool with a shaped apron over inverted baluster turned legs and square stretchers. Circa 1630. W17". D10". H23.5". £1575

William & Mary highback chair

William & Mary walnut and caned high back chair with a carved crest and front stretcher. Circa 1690. SOLD


Charles I oak and inlaid armchair with a lozenge and floral carved back typical of Yorkshire. Circa 1640. SOLD

Rare early 18th century pulpit chair

Rare early 18th century oak portable pulpit chair. With a tall fielded panel back with bookrest, over a solid seat and turned legs with a bold front stretcher. Circ 1730-40. W25". D16". H55". SOLD

LATE 17th century armchair

Late 17th century north country oak armchair with scroll carved decoration and finely turned uprights. W21". D16.5" H45". Circa1690. SOLD


17th century oak armchair with with a three panel back carved with lunette and floral decoration, and raised on nicely turned uprights. W22". D14.5". H43". SOLD


Late 17th century caned armchair of fine design.Circa 1690. W25". D16". H53". SOLD

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Chairs, stools and settles

The history of chairs began as basic oak stools and forms and settles. During the 16th century, particularly in Elizabeth I’s reign chairs began to be made as we know them today. Simple stools developed with backs on them, known as backstools. Wainscot chairs,which were open armchairs often with elaborate carving and inlay and marquetry became fashionable. Turning of the arm supports and legs of seat furniture was used to add further decoration.

Settles are long wooden benches in the form of elongated chairs with backrests and arms, designed to seat several people.Although usually freestanding, settles were occasionally incorporated into the structure of a room, especially popular in taverns and inns.

Wainscot chairs were often used at the head of long refectory tables when dining, with joint stools or long benches providing seating along the sides.

By the end of the 17th century chairs had become more comfortable with upholstered armchairs and the sofa becoming the height of fashion.

further information (Wikipedia)