How to distinguish antique chairs from other furniture? Finding the right antique furniture requires some knowledge about periods and history. Antique chairs consists of key attributes and styles of chairs that were manufactured during a particular era. The design of these chairs are from the olden period ranging from nearly 400 years ago, especially from the regions of Europe. The legs of the chairs can also be used to identify and date antique chairs. This gives a major clue about the age of the antique chairs. Some of the leg styles are spider leg, spiral leg and fluted leg. They can be purchased from established antique furniture business families. Each period influences the style of the successors. The major period can be broken into the colonial period and federal period.
The important types of antique chairs:
- Hitchcock chairs: Created by Labert Hitchcock, these antique chairs are small, light chairs that are usually painted in ebony. The back side has elaborate stenciled designs. It also has a crest rail on top. The seats are square and the legs are foot-less.
- Chaise Longue: Developed in France in the early 18th century, it consists of a daybed, an armchair with enhanced cushioned set. This allows the sitter to stretch out. It has six legs and a rounded back which depicts the late Louis XV pieces.
- Savonarola chairs: This is also known as the x-chair where the legs cross each other and rise above creating the arms. It forms the profile of a wavy X. It resembles a massive throne and therefore has less portability.