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Italian Ladder Back Dining Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Stunning set of 4 black ladder back dining chairs with jute seats in the style of Gio Ponti, made in Italy. Photographed with Eames DCM for scale.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Jute, Wood

  • Italian Ladder Back Dining Chairs
  • Italian Ladder Back Dining Chairs
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H 42.25 in. W 17.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Set of 6 Italian Ladder Back Dining Chairs, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 Italian Mahogany Ladder Back Dining Chairs, 1950s. We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Philadelphia area. Delivery to DC, MD, CT and MA are available if schedule ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of Ten Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs
Located in Cheshire, GB
A set of ten ladder back oak dining chairs comprising of two armchairs and eight chairs, the ladder backs with rush seats on turned front legs united by stretchers. Dimensions: Arm...
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Early 20th Century British Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

  • Set of Ten Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs
H 42.5 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Rush Seats, Set of 6
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage set of 6 oakwood ladder back dining chairs with rush seats. The chairs and the seats are in excellent condition and very sturdy. The seats are tight and do not have any break...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Set of Six Country French Ladder-Back Dining Chairs
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A set of six country French ladder-back chairs with rush seats. Classic French country look. Suitable for everyday use.    
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Early 20th Century French Country Dining Room Chairs

Set of Mid-Century Modern Ladder Back Dining Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful set of four vintage modern dining chairs feature high ladder back rests with a sculpted design to ensure maximum comfort. Unique slanted back legs, brass capped stretc...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Danish Modern Teak Ladder Backed Dining Chairs Niels Otto Møller
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Set of eight elegant ladder-back dining chairs by Niels Otto Møller. Includes two armchairs. This Classic set of chairs is made from solid wood old growth teak with an oil finish. Fr...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

Set of Niels Kofoed Ladder Back Dining Chairs for Raymor
By Raymor, Niels Koefoed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This set of six vintage ladder back chairs make for a beautiful addition to any setting. Manufactured in Denmark for Raymor, the uniquely tapered ladder backs, tapered legs, and styl...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

Set of Six Italian Ladder Back Dining Chairs after Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Peabody, MA
Set of six Italian ladder back dining chairs with woven rush seats in the manner of Gio Ponti, imported in the 1960s from the Chiavari region by Otto Gerdau.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Wood

Classic Set of 6 Rosewood Ladder Back Dining Chair by Westnofa, Norway
By J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik, Westnofa Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic set 6 rosewood ladder back dining chair by Westnofa, Norway, showroom new condition, I don’t think these were ever used, truly stunning zebra rosewood, the graining is probab...
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Vintage 1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Naugahyde, Rosewood

Set of 10 English 19th Century Ladder Back Dining Chairs
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A delightful set of 10 matched late 19th century English ash and elm ladder back country design farmhouse dining chairs consisting of 8 single chairs and 2 armchairs having elegan...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Dining Room Chairs

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Ash, Elm

Set of Six Midcentury Ladder Back Dining Chairs, Niels Koefoed Style
By Niels Koefoed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful set of six vintage modern dining chairs feature high ladder back rests, angled back legs, and a thick cushioned seat covered in black vinyl. A very sleek design inspir...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Set of Six T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Ladder Back Dining Chairs for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Six ladder back dining chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Set of Eight Ebonized Midcentury Italian Modern Tall Ladder Back Dining Chairs
By Chiavari, Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of eight sculptural, extra high, ladder-back dining chairs (circa 1950s, Italy) composed of a 7-rung back with upholstered seat. Clean lines and elegant, shapely form. Retains th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Set of Niels Koefoed Ladder Back Dining Chairs for Raymor
By Raymor, Niels Koefoed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful set of four Mid-Century Modern dining chairs feature stylish ladder back frames, tapered legs, and vintage teak finish complimented by colorful floral upholstery. The uniqu...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

Torbjørn Afdal Set of Six 'Ladder Back' Dining Chairs in Solid Rosewood
By Torbjørn Afdal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of six dining room chairs, in rosewood and fabric by Torbjørn Afdal for Vamo Sonderborg, Norway, 1960s. Set of six dining chairs in rosewood and fabric upholstery. These chai...
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Vintage 1960s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Set of 6 Charming Vintage English Wavy Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Rush Seats
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A wonderful set of six super high quality English wavy ladder back chairs just waiting for everyday use in a country kitchen. Really adds elegance and visual punch to the Classic lad...
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Vintage 1940s English Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Oak

Six Danish Modern Rosewood Ladder Back Dining Chairs by Arne Vodder, Black Seats
By Arne Vodder, Vamo Sonderborg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of 6 stunning armless rosewood dining chairs designed by Arne Vodder and made by Vamo Sonderborg, Denmark, 1960s. Signed with branded mark on underside of chairs. Beautiful set.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Rosewood

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch Bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch Bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch Bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Ladder Back Dining Chairs by Niels Kofoed
By Niels Koefoed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning set of four vintage modern dining chairs feature unique ladder back rests and upholstered seats. Sleek design ensures comfort with angled back legs and a tall backrest. This...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Bohemian Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Bohemian Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch Bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Bohemian Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

1970s, Set of Four Dutch Oak Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Wicker Seat
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of four Dutch Bohemian dining chairs with wicker seats. All four in very good condition. Period, end of the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Oak

Set of Six 19th Century French Louis XIV Style Ladder Back Dining Chairs
Located in Birmingham, AL
Hard to find set of six French Louis XIV style ladder back dining chairs in walnut, each having a squared back with three horizontal slats and solid wood seat, circa 1890s. Raised on...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XIV Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Six Chrome Ladder Back Dining Chairs in the Style of Gio Ponti Mid-Century, Set
By Gio Ponti
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful set of six delicate, chrome ladder back dining chairs. Chairs are in the style of Gio Ponti. Chrome frame is in nice vintage condition and of beautiful craftsmanship. The s...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

French Country Ladder Back Painted Dining Chairs, Set of 8
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French Country ladder back painted set of dining chairs. The seats are newly upholstered in a textured linen. Seat height. 21" Armchairs 24" wide, 25" deep.  
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Vintage 1930s French Country Dining Room Chairs

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Linen, Elm

Danish Modern Ladder-Back Chairs
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Set of six Danish modern rosewood dining chairs. Original gold woolen seats in excellent and useable condition. Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rosewood, Wool

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  • Danish Modern Ladder-Back Chairs
H 33 in. W 19 in. D 17 in.
Gio Ponti Ladder Back Chairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage Gio Ponti Italian set of four ladder back dining chairs with rush caned seats, circa 1950s. The chairs have been refinished and are in excellent condition with very minor wea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Wood

  • Gio Ponti Ladder Back Chairs, 1950s
  • Gio Ponti Ladder Back Chairs, 1950s
  • Gio Ponti Ladder Back Chairs, 1950s
  • Gio Ponti Ladder Back Chairs, 1950s
H 41 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Crescent Top Tall Ladder Back Chairs
Located in Rochester, NY
Four mid 20th century Danish modern style tall tapered ladder back dining chairs with a gracefully curved crescent shaped top and a striking sculptural form that looks great from eve...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

  • Crescent Top Tall Ladder Back Chairs
  • Crescent Top Tall Ladder Back Chairs
  • Crescent Top Tall Ladder Back Chairs
  • Crescent Top Tall Ladder Back Chairs
H 39.5 in. W 21 in. D 20 in.
Modern Italian Ladder Back Coral Colored Set of 6 Dining Chairs
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Houston, TX
Set of 6 metal ladder back coral colored dining chairs with black seats and backs. The chairs are done in a modern Italian style and are in a minimal style.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Oak Dining Chairs English Ladder Back Set of Eight, 2 Arms 6 Side Chairs
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
Located in Toronto, CA
A solid set of 8 oak chairs English made by Bevan Funnel, in England, fully upholstered seats with mild wear to the fabric. The set consists of 2 armchairs and 6 without arms. There...
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20th Century English Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Teak Danish Chairs with Ladder Back
Located in Chorzów, PL
Four teak dining chairs with ladder back from Denmark, 1960s. Black upholstery. Very good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

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  • Teak Danish Chairs with Ladder Back
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  • Teak Danish Chairs with Ladder Back
H 31.89 in. W 20.08 in. D 20.48 in.
Set of 8 Ladder Back Colonial Spanish Side Dining Chairs by Henredon
By Henredon
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of eight ladder back colonial Spanish dining chairs by Henredon.
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20th Century Unknown Spanish Colonial Dining Room Chairs

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Pine

Set of 4, Antique Ladder Back Chairs, Irish, Mahogany, Dining Seat, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a set of 4 antique ladder back chairs. An Irish, mahogany dining seat, dating to the late Victorian period, circa 1880. Wonderful frames, prime for reupholstering Display...
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Antique Late 19th Century British Victorian Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Ladder Back Dining Room Armchair with Rush Seat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Classic English ladder back dining, kitchen or desk armchair with turned bobblns at the top of each side rail. Double stretchers on three sides adds structural soundness.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Georgian Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Six Danish Modern Midcentury Ladder Back Dinning Chairs
Located in Vienna, Austria
Very nice set of six Danish midcentury ladder back dining chairs from 1955, with new upholstery. Overall, in very nice condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage French Country Provincial Ladder Back Rush Seat Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage French Country provincial ladder back rush seat dining chairs signed B. Carles, set of 6. Item features woven rush seats, (6) side chairs, stretcher base, shaped ladder backs...
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Late 20th Century North American Country Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Set of 6 Danish Modern Teak Ladder Back Niels Koefoeds Dining Chairs Hornslet
By Niels Koefoed, Koefoeds Hornslet
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of 6 Danish modern teak ladder back Niels Koefoed dining chairs Koefoeds Hornslet.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Teak

Set of Four Mid Century Black Dining Chairs Ladder Back and Upholstered, 1960's
By Koefoeds Hornslet
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Nice set of four Mid-Century Modern black ladder back dining chairs. Most likely produced in America but very similar to the Danish designed Koefoeds Hornslet chairs, 1960s. Factory ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

English Country Ladder Back Armchair
Located in Port Chester, NY
English country hand carved mahogany ladder back armchair, the curved top rail above four arched ladders between turned uprights, the drop in seat above an undulating apron, on turne...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Country Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

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  • English Country Ladder Back Armchair
  • English Country Ladder Back Armchair
  • English Country Ladder Back Armchair
H 39 in. W 24 in. D 27 in.
Set of 4 High Ladder Back Iron Chairs by Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of 4 high back iron, brass, and vinyl ding chairs by Arthur Umanoff. Very stylish and chic architectural form, hard to find this model, especially hard to find in sets. Thes...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Lovely Suite of Eight circa 1860 Dutch Ladder Back Elm Rush Seat Dining Chairs
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely suite of eight original Dutch circa 1860 original paint Ladder back rush seat dining chairs A very good looking and well made suite, the timber...
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Antique 1860s Belgian High Victorian Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Elm

Set of 8 French Ladder Back Dinning Chairs with Carved Flowers
Located in Livingston, NJ
These French ladder back dining chairs have carved flowers on the top of the chair, sides, front. They have cross-stretchers for added solidity which is adorned with a carved flower...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Lovely Suite of Eight circa 1880 Dutch Ladder Back Oak Rush Seat Dining Chairs 8
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely suite of eight original Dutch circa 1880 Ladder back rush seat dining chairs including two carvers A very good looking and well made...
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Antique 1880s Danish High Victorian Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Elm

2 Koefoed Hornslet Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Ladder Back Dining Armchairs
By Koefoeds Hornslet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Koefoed Hornslet midcentury Danish modern teak ladder back dining armchairs. Items feature solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, original stamp, tapered legs, qualit...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Naugahyde, Teak

Set of Six French 19th Century Bleached Oak Ladder Back Dining Side Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of six French bleached oak ladder back dining room side chairs from the 19th century, with rush seat and cylindrical legs. Born in France during the politically dynamic 19th ce...
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Antique 19th Century French Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Oak

Custom Set of Eight French Style Ladder Back Chairs
Located in Woodbury, CT
These chairs, constructed in sturdy oak, but finished in a fruitwood stain offer the best of both worlds: Handsome French country style and solid, substantial construction. The rush ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian French Provincial Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Custom Set of Eight English Bobble Top Ladder Back Chairs
Located in Woodbury, CT
A variation of the Classic English ladder back chair, these chairs (two arms and six sides) offer a slightly sleeker look, but add a little visual interest with the addition of turne...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Georgian Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

New Upholstery Pair of Chrome Wide Ladder Back Chrome Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice Mid-Century Modern chrome ladder back chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Set of Eight English Oak Ladder Back Chairs with Rush Seats
Located in New York, NY
A set of eight English oak ladder back chairs with rush seats with slight variations in design & heights. Seat dimensions Height 17.5th Depth 16’’ Width 21’’
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Vintage 1960s English Georgian Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Oak

Set of 4 George III Ladder Back Side Chairs with Slip Seats
Located in New York, NY
Covered in horse hair.
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Antique 19th Century English George III Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Scandinavian Farmhouse Teak Rope Chairs Midcentury JL Moller Danish Ladder Backs
By Niels Otto Møller, J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik
Located in Washington, DC
1981 Teak + Wickered Paper Cord Model Nº 85 side chairs by Niels Moller for J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik, Denmark. A wonder and heavy solid old growth deep hued teak wood chair design. F...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rosewood

6 Antique Chairs, Ladder Back Oak Rush Seat, Farmhouse Kitchen, Scotland, B2362
Located in Vancouver, BC
6 antique chairs, ladder back oak rush seat, farmhouse kitchen, Scotland, B2362 Scotland 1900 Solid oak Original finish Shaped top rail with round supports with finials Single...
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Antique Early 1900s Scottish Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

12 Danish Modern Teak Ladder Back Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen, 1960s
By Korup Stolefabrik, Kai Kristiansen
Located in The Hague, NL
These stunning midcentury dining chairs were crafted by high end Danish maker Korup Stolefabrik. Subtle features such as the finger grip joints are a great design feature and a tribu...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Teak

Set of 4 Italian Ladder Back Chairs in the Manner of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 wood Italian ladder back chairs with wood frames and woven rush seats. In the manner of Gio Ponti.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Rush

Set of Six Italian Walnut Rustic Ladder Back Chairs with Playing Card Motif
Located in New York, NY
Very unique Italian rustic set of six walnut ladder back chairs; the back slats decorated with carved motifs of the four playing card symbols: clubs (?), diamonds (?), hearts (?), an...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Walnut

French Carved Oak Ladder Back Chairs with Rush Woven Seat, Set of Six
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant set of country chairs was crafted in France, circa 1980. Carved from solid oak, each chair stands on front turned legs, and has four carved and scalloped ladders across ...
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Late 20th Century French Country Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rush, Oak

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Ladder Back Dining Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic ladder back dining chair available at 1stDibs. Each ladder back dining chair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, natural fiber and hardwood. If you’re shopping for a ladder back dining chair, we have 45 options in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a ladder back dining chair — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right ladder back dining chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Georgian styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one ladder back dining chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Niels Koefoed, Niels Otto Møller and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Ladder Back Dining Chair?

A ladder back dining chair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,250, while the lowest priced sells for $420 and the highest can go for as much as $16,000.

Finding the Right Dining Room Chairs for You

No matter what your dream dining experience looks like, 1stDibs has upholstered dining-room chairs, wood dining-room chairs and more to outfit any space designated for a good meal, be it in your home or in the great outdoors.

In the early 18th century, most dining-room furniture was designed to look masculine. In America, dining rooms weren’t even much of a concept until the late 1700s, when a space set aside specifically for dining became a part of the construction of homes for the wealthy. Dining-room chairs of the era were likely made of walnut or oak. In Europe, neoclassical dining chairs emerged during the 1750s owing to nostalgia for classical antiquity, while the curving chair crests of Queen Anne furniture in the United States preceded the artistically bold seat backs that characterized the Chippendale chairs that followed. If there weren't enough dining chairs at suppertime in the American colonies, men were prioritized and women stood.

Dining rooms of today, however, allow space for people of any gender to have a seat at the table. Modern styles introduce innovative design choices that play with shape and style. Icons of mid-century modern dining-room chairs are plentiful: With its distinctive bentwood back, there is the DCW dining chair by Charles and Ray Eames, while Hans Wegner's timeless classic, the Wishbone chair, remains relevant and elegant decades after its debut. Stefano Giovannoni's White Rabbit dining chairs, in their lovable polyethylene biomorphism, reinvent what dining can look like.

Today's wide range of dining-room chairs also means that they can now be styled in different ways, bringing functionality and fun to any dining space. No longer do tables have to be accompanied by a matching set of seats. Skillfully mixing and matching colors and designs allows you to showcase your personality without sacrificing the cohesion of a given space.

By furnishing your dining room with cozy chairs — vintage, antique or otherwise — family time can extend far beyond mealtime. The plush upholstery of Victorian-style dining-room chairs is perfect for game nights that stretch from dinner to midnight snack. Outdoor tables and dining chairs can also present an excellent opportunity for bonding and eating — what goes better with a delicious meal than fresh air, anyway?

Whether you prefer your chairs streamlined and stackable or ornate and one of a kind, the offerings on 1stDibs will elevate your mealtime and beyond.