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

Charles i oak armchair

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

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

Wlliam & Mary armchair

William & Mary beech caned open armchair with a carved crest over scrolled arms and a carved stretcher below. Circa 1690. W25". D16". H53". £575


Rare early 18th century oak portable pulpit chair with a tall fielded back panel with book rest over a solid seat and turned legs and a bold stretcher. Circa 1730-40. W25". D16". H55". £2850


Charles I oak and inlaid armchair with a lozenge and floral carved back panel typical of Yorkshire. Circa 1640. £2450 - ON HOLD

George II upholstered stool

George II uphostered stool raised on bold cabriole legs with carved knees and ball and claw feet. Circa 1740. £1550


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

William & Mary highback chair

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