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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Have you recently inherited or purchased an antique chair and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of antique chairs. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your antique chair. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours.

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What is the history of the chair?

Antique chairs have a unique history. Before the 1600s, chairs were limited to the master and mistress of the house, while others used benches or stools. In the 17th century, chairs became more available, featuring elaborate carving and mainly reserved for high-status individuals.

What are the different types of antique chairs?

There are several sought-after types of antique chairs:

  • Wainscot Chairs: Characterized by flat wooden seats and molded edges, featuring marquetry, good patina, and fine cresting.
  • Queen Anne Chairs: Notable for their curving outline, elongated scrolls, and sometimes a bent back to fit the natural curve of a person's back.
  • Chippendale Chairs: Named after Thomas Chippendale, famous for his influence on 18th-century chair design, averaging four figures in value.
  • Spindle Back Chairs: Also known as ladder-back chairs, valued at three figures individually or reaching four figures for complete sets or designer pieces.
  • Stools: Common types include farthingales, oak dining chairs, and canework chairs, often made in sets and highly sought after by collectors.
  • Country Windsor Chairs: Introduced in the 18th century, used in various settings, with varying style variations affecting value.
  • Victorian Chairs: Varied styles, materials, and carvings affect their value.
  • Wing Chairs: Designed for relaxation, particularly in the 18th century, often valued in four figures.

Who are some famous chair manufacturers and designers?

Familiarizing with famous designers is crucial as these chairs tend to have higher value if authenticated:

  • Killarney Ware: Irish furniture maker specializing in chairs with distinct aging characteristics.
  • Samuel Bennet: London-based manufacturer producing chairs since the 18th century.
  • William Kent: English manufacturer known for heavily carved chair designs.
  • Thomas Chippendale: Recognized for a style named after him, producing chairs and cabinets.

How are antique chairs identified and valued?

Identification and valuation of antique chairs are crucial for determining their worth. Consider the following:

  • Identifying Marks: Look for marks indicating the manufacturer, type of joinery used, saw marks, and period style.
  • Valuation Factors: Appraisers consider condition, manufacturer identification, historical significance, current market conditions, and unique features for rarity.

To determine value, appraisers consider the following:

  • Condition: Is it usable? Are the parts complete or damaged?
  • Manufacturer: Are you able to identify which company manufactured the antique chair?
  • Provenance: Does the antique chair have any historical significance?
  • Current market conditions: Is this type of chair still being used today? What is the overall market value of this style of chair?
  • Desirability: Does the antique chair possess any feature/s that would make it rare?

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