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Carved French Oak Salon Throne Chair, Original Pictorial Upholstery
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Carved French Oak Salon Throne Chair, Original Pictorial Upholstery This lovely old High Back chair retains its original hand made pictorial fabric back rest, this is in muted sha...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Napoleon III Armchairs

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Oak

19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Walnut Antique Armchair with Velvet Seat
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Lovely Italian armchair in solid walnut. This beautiful armchair has an enveloping shape and a comfortable seat. Lined with green velvet. The enveloping and relaxing backrest.  
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Antique 1850s Italian Louis Philippe Armchairs

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Walnut

Original antique Empire Armchair circa 1860-1880 Massive Mahogany bronze
Located in Berlin, DE
Original Empire armchair circa 1860-1880 massive mahogany 2 beautiful armchairs from an Empire room. Each 2 figures provided cast bronze. The chairs have a nice curve, in a top...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Empire Armchairs

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Mahogany

Antique English 19th Century Mahogany Carved Armchair
Located in New Orleans, LA
A fine example of English woodwork in this single armchair.  
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Antique Late 19th Century English Chairs

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Scottish Armchair
Located in New Orleans, LA
A fine antique armchair from the early 19th century.
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Antique Early 19th Century Scottish Armchairs

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Wood

  • Early 19th Century Scottish Armchair
  • Early 19th Century Scottish Armchair
  • Early 19th Century Scottish Armchair
  • Early 19th Century Scottish Armchair
H 45.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 25 in.
Antique English Mahogany Master Carving Armchair, 19th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
This single armchair shows the fine care that a master craftsman took with his carving.
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Antique 19th Century English Armchairs

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Mahogany

Set of 8 Antique Jacobean Carved Oak Dining Chairs, circa 1890
Located in New Orleans, LA
Nicely carved chairs that are solid and will stand the rigors of use.
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Antique Late 19th Century Jacobean Chairs

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Oak

Antique English Mahogany Gainsborough George III Style Chair
Located in New Orleans, LA
An ample chair. Good for your library, den or living room.
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Armchairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Antique 19th Century Hand Carved Mahogany Chairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
This is a beautifully hand-carved pair of chairs. Sure to please.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Armchairs

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Mahogany

Original Thonet Bentwood Fauteuil, 19th Century
By Michael Thonet, Thonet
Located in Schwerin, MV
High-quality collector's item: Antique bentwood armchair with attached snail-shaped armrests, between 1862 and 1870. Thonet - Vienna, armchair no. 8 - design Michael Thonet. There ar...
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Antique 1860s Austrian Rococo Revival Armchairs

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Bentwood

Original Thonet Bentwood Fauteuil, 19th Century
By Michael Thonet, Thonet
Located in Schwerin, MV
High-quality collector's item: Antique bentwood armchair with attached armrests, between 1862 and 1870. Thonet - Vienna, Fauteuil No. 14 - Design Michael Thonet. There are two proofs...
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Antique 1860s Austrian Organic Modern Armchairs

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Bentwood

Empire Maple Armchair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
Empire style armchair made of maple. A flat crest rail and downswept reeded arms are both inlaid with blond maple. Front legs are turned and reeded finished with turnip feet. The fro...
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Antique Mid-19th Century North American American Empire Armchairs

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Fabric, Beech, Maple

  • Empire Maple Armchair
  • Empire Maple Armchair
  • Empire Maple Armchair
  • Empire Maple Armchair
H 39.5 in. W 22 in. D 24.5 in.
Black Leather-Upholstered Wingback Armchair with Ball & Claw Feet
Located in London, GB
A restored black leather-upholstered wingback armchair, outlined with a close nail trim and raised on ball and claw feet (design of eagles claw). English, c.1890. Leather, meta...
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Antique 19th Century English Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Neo-Baroque Armchair Wood Italy XIX Century
Located in Milano, IT
Neo-Baroque armchair in carved and gilded wood, Italy mid-19th century. Padded back, armrests and seat, wavy legs ending in curls. Carved in scrolls, faces of children, fantastic ani...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Baroque Revival Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Neo-Baroque Armchair Wood Italy XIX Century
  • Neo-Baroque Armchair Wood Italy XIX Century
  • Neo-Baroque Armchair Wood Italy XIX Century
  • Neo-Baroque Armchair Wood Italy XIX Century
H 47.64 in. W 30.32 in. D 31.89 in.
Late 19th or Early 20th Century Chinese Horseshoe Armchair
Located in London, GB
Chinese horseshoe armchair, 19th or early 20th century in elm. Dimension: H89 x W55.5 x D47.5 cm.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Armchairs

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Wood, Elm

19th Century Victorian Armchair, Mahogany Frame with Upholstery
Located in London, GB
An English Victorian armchair, 19th century, raised on mahogany turned front legs with original brass castors and buttoned back. Style reminiscent of Howard but no stamps on cast...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Early 19th Century Georgian Brown Leather-Upholstered Wingback Armchair
Located in London, GB
Georgian brown leather-upholstered wingback armchair Fully restored Georgian brown leather upholstered wingback armchair. The button upholstered back and slightly bowed seat is ou...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Georgian Armchairs

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Metal

Pair 19th Century Grand Renaissance Hand Carved Oak & Caned Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair 19th century Grand Renaissance Hand Carved oak & caned armchairs is a remarkable example of the sculptor's art, with the added benefit of lightweight caning on the seat and seat...
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Antique 1890s French Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Cane, Oak

Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Armchair
Located in London, GB
Gothic Revival armchair, dating to the late 19th century. Dimension: H86 x W56.5 x D44 cm.
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Antique Late 19th Century European Gothic Revival Armchairs

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Wood

  • Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Armchair
  • Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Armchair
  • Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Armchair
  • Late 19th Century Gothic Revival Armchair
H 33.86 in. W 22.25 in. D 17.33 in.
Pair of 19th Century French Restauration Carved Painted Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant pair of antique armchairs was created in France, circa 1880. The large fauteuils with tall and rolled back, stand on tapered and fluted front legs decorated with square ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Restauration Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Two Elegant French Armchairs in the antique Louis Seize Style beech hand carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, carved and polished. Straight, backrest frame. Frame with carved frame on conical, carved legs. Carved armrests rise slightly to the rear. The seat and backrest are ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

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Beech

Antique Baroque Throne Armchair Fully Carved with Crown, circa 1880 walnut
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful armchair fully carved solid walnut, on the backrest with wickerwork right and left carved pillars in the middle of the chair a carved crown. swing armrests. Feet are c...
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Antique 19th Century German Baroque Armchairs

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Walnut

Gorgeous Windsor Low Back Beechwood Carver Armchair on Ball and Reel Legs
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this gorgeous Windsor beechwood chair on reel legs. This is such a pretty little chair. The wood used to make it it’s just lovely, both front le...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Windsor Chairs

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Beech

Lovely Late 19th Century Hepplewhite Mahogany Armchair on Shield Shape Back
By George Hepplewhite
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this elegant Hepplewhite Mahogany armchair with floral seat. The item simple and stylish armchair is suitable for any room. This splendid antiqu...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Armchairs

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Mahogany

English Oak Ladder Back Armchair
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A charming English ladder back armchair made of solid oak and rush. Shaped rungs and light turning add a touch of craftsmanship to the seat back. Custom zebra print cushion is includ...
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Antique 19th Century English Rustic Armchairs

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Rush, Oak

  • English Oak Ladder Back Armchair
  • English Oak Ladder Back Armchair
  • English Oak Ladder Back Armchair
  • English Oak Ladder Back Armchair
H 42.38 in. W 23.25 in. D 17.25 in.
Fine 19th Century Italian Venetian Carved Giltwood Armchair
Located in Benington, Herts
Finely carved mid 19th century Italian giltwood open armchair of wide proportions in the Rococo manner. Italy, Venice Circa 1860. The asymmetrical scroll and leaf-carved top ra...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Silk, Giltwood

Armchair Carlo X Leather Mohagany
Located in Lucca, IT
Carlo X lounge chair in mohogany and mahogany feather Beautiful and comfortable, upholstered in red leather. France 1840s. Original. The armchair has wheels in the front legs to faci...
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Antique 1830s French Charles X Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Armchair Carlo X Leather Mohagany
  • Armchair Carlo X Leather Mohagany
  • Armchair Carlo X Leather Mohagany
  • Armchair Carlo X Leather Mohagany
H 35.44 in. W 26.78 in. D 29.53 in.
Armchair Thonet Nr.18
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
Original state with a pleasant patine of age, perfectly cleaned and re-polished with shelack finish.
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Belle Époque Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood

  • Armchair Thonet Nr.18
  • Armchair Thonet Nr.18
  • Armchair Thonet Nr.18
  • Armchair Thonet Nr.18
H 29.14 in. W 19.69 in. D 19.69 in.
Pair of English Regency Mahogany and Brass Inlay Chairs, Early 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A classic pair of English Regency armchairs from the early 19th century are mahogany with a beautiful warm patina and brass inlay decoration along the back. These chairs are handso...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Chairs

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Brass

Antique Victorian Mahogany Figural Lion Head Carved Curule Saddle Seat Arm Chair
Located in Dayton, OH
A late 19th century antique Victorian occasional arm chair. Made from mahogany with a curule or saddle seat form and lion head carvings. Features a cello neck back tapering to a scro...
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Antique Late 19th Century Late Victorian Armchairs

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Mahogany

Small A Small French Napoleon III Green Upholstered Armchair, Late 19th C.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A small French Napoleon III green upholstered armchair, late 19th C. Turned legs ending in casters.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Armchairs

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Wood

Antique Renaissance Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary pair of antique renaissance armchairs in excellent condition beautifully crafted out of walnut wood and has been professionally restored by our expert craftsmen team...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Renaissance Armchairs

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Metal

  • Antique Renaissance Armchairs
  • Antique Renaissance Armchairs
  • Antique Renaissance Armchairs
  • Antique Renaissance Armchairs
H 37 in. W 28 in. D 27 in.
Highly Carved Savonarola Walnut Campaign Chair C 1880
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous highly carved chair with full lions and dog heads. The chairs design dates back to the Roman Empire with of course different designs in the chair. Backrest lifts off and mec...
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Antique 1880s Italian Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Walnut

English Regency Brighton Style Bamboo Round Back Armchair
Located in New York, NY
English Regency-style (19th Century) Brighton design bamboo round back armchair with a beige patterned seat cushion.  
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Armchairs

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Bone, Mother-of-Pearl, Ebony, Mahogany

Pair of Wingback Chairs, c. 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of Biedermeier wingback armchairs in cherry with upholstered backs, armrests and seats. The armchairs have been newly upholstered and restored.
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Chairs

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Textile, Cherry

  • Pair of Wingback Chairs, c. 1830
  • Pair of Wingback Chairs, c. 1830
  • Pair of Wingback Chairs, c. 1830
  • Pair of Wingback Chairs, c. 1830
H 33.67 in. W 24.81 in. D 29.53 in.
Armchair, Northern Europe / Northern Germany, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Armchair with rounded back and carved ring-shaped decorations standing on baluster legs. Mahogany, veneered and solid; reupholstered.
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Antique 1830s German Armchairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Armchair with Carved Medallion, Sold Each
Located in Yonkers, NY
Two Chinese Qing Dynasty period carved wooden armchairs from the 19th century with hand-carved medallion, priced and sold each. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty period, each ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Armchairs

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Rattan, Wood

Armchair, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Mahogany armchair with fine thread inlays and volute shaped armrests, hand polished.
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Antique 1830s European Armchairs

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Mahogany

  • Armchair, circa 1830
  • Armchair, circa 1830
  • Armchair, circa 1830
  • Armchair, circa 1830
H 34.26 in. W 22.84 in. D 21.26 in.
Planters Chair, Mahogany Deck Chair, India, 1800
Located in Torino, IT
Deck chair in wood of mahogany and straw, planters chair with footrest removable, style colonial English. India, 19th century Origin: India Period: nineteenth century Template:...
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Antique 19th Century Indian Armchairs

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Mahogany

  • Planters Chair, Mahogany Deck Chair, India, 1800
  • Planters Chair, Mahogany Deck Chair, India, 1800
  • Planters Chair, Mahogany Deck Chair, India, 1800
  • Planters Chair, Mahogany Deck Chair, India, 1800
H 32.68 in. W 26.38 in. D 50.4 in.
Handsome Campaign Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Spectacular English campaign style armchair having ornately turned wood with fantastic arms that terminate in the heads of dogs. New black leather and brass nailhead details. Arm 26...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Campaign Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Antique Scroll Arm Chair, English, Armchair, Desk, Needlepoint, Regency, C.1830
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique scroll arm chair. An English, mahogany armchair with needlepoint upholstery, dating to the Regency period, circa 1830. Striking serpentine form with an attracti...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Armchairs

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Wood

Antique Louis Philippe Sofa in Inlay Walnut and Green Fabric, 19th Century Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Antique and elegant Louis Philippe style sofa, hand-built in precious solid walnut wood inlaid with floral motifs and complete with green striped fabric, built in the 19th century in...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Cabriolet Armchairs in the Louis XVI Style, Sycamore Wood
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of cabriolet armchairs in the Louis XVI style in sycamore wood, handmade tapestry with small stitches. 19th century. Measures: H: 90 cm, W: 60 cm, D: 51 cm.
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Antique 19th Century European Louis XVI Chairs

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Tapestry, Wood

LFA!!!Antique English 19th Century Mahogany Corner Chair
Located in New Orleans, LA
Corner chairs are very popular due to their versality, and they are also very comfortable!  
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Antique Late 19th Century English Corner Chairs

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Mahogany

Italian Rococo Parcel Gilt Armchair
Located in London, GB
A late 19th century large Rococo style armchair recovered in white Terry Towelling with a feathered cushion seat. The parcel gilt frame of scrolls, foliate and shells. with original ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Rococo Armchairs

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Giltwood

  • Italian Rococo Parcel Gilt Armchair
  • Italian Rococo Parcel Gilt Armchair
  • Italian Rococo Parcel Gilt Armchair
  • Italian Rococo Parcel Gilt Armchair
H 34.65 in. W 38.19 in. D 35.04 in.
19th c. French Cello Musician's Armchair in Original Patina and Leather
Located in Wichita, KS
A French cello musician's armchair in time-worn original patina and leather. This rare 19th c. model was last owned by a musician who played his cello in this chair for 50 years. An ...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Armchairs

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Leather, Wood, Paint

Large Carved Oak Renaissance Style Armchair from France, C. 1890
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved in the Renaissance style in France, circa 1890, this imposing oak armchair features a verdant tapestry affixed with iron nailheads. The scene depicts women in red and whi...
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Antique 1890s French Renaissance Armchairs

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Tapestry, Upholstery, Oak

19th C. English Tufted Leather Library Chair
Located in Greenwich, CT
Good 19th c. English club chair in tobacco brown leather, the tufted back with easy pitch and having open arms with turned supports, over leather seat with turned legs and original b...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

French 19th Century Leather Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This French 19th-century leather armchair is made out of mahogany wood and has been fully restored by our team of expert craftsmen. The armchair has been professionally restained in ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Armchairs

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Brass

  • French 19th Century Leather Armchair
  • French 19th Century Leather Armchair
  • French 19th Century Leather Armchair
  • French 19th Century Leather Armchair
H 29.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 22 in.
Jacobean Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A Jacobean style leather chair dating from the late 1800's. Made of mahogany, the seat and back are upholstered in leather secured with large nailheads. Reeded arms are carved with s...
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Antique Late 19th Century Jacobean Armchairs

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Leather, Mahogany

  • Jacobean Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
  • Jacobean Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
  • Jacobean Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
  • Jacobean Style Mahogany & Leather Armchair
H 48.5 in. W 24.25 in. D 21 in.
Antique French Regence Style Carved Mahogany and Upholstered Throne Chair
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Regence style throne chair offers mahogany frame with carved acanthus crest, scroll form arms, and cabriole legs with pad feet, 19th century Measures: 50.5" H x 27...
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Antique 19th Century French Régence Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
Located in London, GB
A fine antique Art Nouveau armchair in wood with exquisite inlaid designs. This was made in England, it dates from around 1890’s period. It has amazing inlaid patterns of various ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

  • Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
  • Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
  • Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
  • Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
H 41 in. W 22 in. D 23 in.
19th Century antique Neo Renaissance Armchair oak hand carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid oak. On four curved carved legs. Complete with rich carvings, flanked by two armrests. High backrest crowned by plastic carvings. The seat and back are leather covered in Class...
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Antique 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Oak

Antique Elbow Chair, English, Armchair, Desk, Scroll Arm, Regency, Circa 1820
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique elbow chair. An English, mahogany armchair or desk chair with drop-in seat, dating to the Regency period, circa 1820. Superior colour and finish presents beauti...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Upholstered Gustavian Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of grey painted wooden Gustavian arm chairs newly reupholstered in a semi matte deep oyster silk. With their graceful, classical lines and subdued color palette, these 19th cent...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Armchairs

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Silk, Wood

  • Pair of Upholstered Gustavian Armchairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Gustavian Armchairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Gustavian Armchairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Gustavian Armchairs
H 36 in. W 24 in. D 21 in.
Antique Scroll Arm Desk Chair, English, Armchair, Needlepoint, Regency, C.1820
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique scroll arm desk chair. An English, mahogany armchair with needlepoint upholstery, dating to the Regency period, circa 1820. Sinuous, scrolled forms and appealin...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of 1870s Swedish Painted Wood Neoclassical Style Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Swedish painted wood neoclassical style armchairs from the second half of the 19th century with tall open armrests, carved skirt and newly upholstered seat. Each of this pa...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Armchairs

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Wood

Historical Antique Neo Renaissance Armchair Lion Armrests, circa 1850s-1870s oak
Located in Berlin, DE
Massive oak. On four legs ending in paw feet, wide seat, flanked by two armrests, with fully plastic lion as a support. Complete with rich carvings. High backrest crowned by sculpted...
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Antique 19th Century German Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Oak

Magnificent Historical Neo-Renaissance Armchair circa 1850-1870 Mythical Armrest
Located in Berlin, DE
Massive Oak. On four turned legs. Wide seat flanked by two turned armrests. High backrest. Seat and back covered with tapestry in Classic design.
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Antique 19th Century German Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Oak

19th Century Original antique Neo Renaissance Armchair Dark Oak hand carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid dark oak, four-post feet connected by wide bridges. On both sides straight armrests, high backrest crowned by sculptural carvings. Seat and back upholstered and covered in Clas...
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Antique 19th Century German Renaissance Revival Armchairs

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Oak

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19th Century Wood Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of 19th century wood armchairs available on 1stDibs. Victorian, Louis XVI and Louis XV 19th century wood armchairs are consistently popular styles. Many 19th century wood armchairs are appealing in their simplicity, but Howard & Sons Ltd, Thonet and Howard and Sons produced popular 19th century wood armchairs that are worth a look.

How Much are 19th Century Wood Armchairs?

Prices for 19th century wood armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, 19th century wood armchairs begin at $255 and can go as high as $212,852, while the average can fetch as much as $3,800.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.