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

17TH CENTURY STOOL

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. £495

17th century wainscot chair

Charles I oak armchair with a lunette carved crest over a plain panelled back and boldly turned uprights. Circa 1630. £3850

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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)