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Lyre Back Chair
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Interesting metal chair featuring a stylized lyre back and scrolling feet. Original bronze colour. Reminiscent of the work of French designer Marc Du Plantier.
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Vintage 1950s French Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

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H 1 in. W 1 in. D 1 in.
Six Italian Iron Lyre Back Chairs
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Six neoclassical lyre back chairs with brass paw feet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs

  • Six Italian Iron Lyre Back Chairs
  • Six Italian Iron Lyre Back Chairs
  • Six Italian Iron Lyre Back Chairs
  • Six Italian Iron Lyre Back Chairs
H 35.5 in. W 15 in. D 20 in.
Italian Neoclassical Iron and Bronze Lyre-Back Chair
By Maison Jansen, Maison Baguès, Palladio
Located in Houston, TX
Stylish Italian neoclassical Maison Jansen inspired iron and brass lyre-back chair with swan heads and paw feet, circa 1940. Our versatile Empire style chair is the perfect accent ch...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Bronze, Iron

Maison Jansen Neoclassical Black Wrought Iron and Brass Lyre Back Chairs
By Maison Jansen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Set of gorgeous Maison Jansen vintage black wrought iron and brass lyre-back chairs - a matching set of six chairs with custom seat cushions. Unusual brass duck head accents at top...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass, Wrought Iron

French 1950's Lyre Back Side Chair
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Charming side chair, with lyre-shaped back. Painted black, with gold tips (top & feet). Perforated metal seat. Very decorative.
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Vintage 1940s French Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • French 1950's Lyre Back Side Chair
  • French 1950's Lyre Back Side Chair
  • French 1950's Lyre Back Side Chair
  • French 1950's Lyre Back Side Chair
H 38.19 in. W 15.36 in. D 15.36 in.
Pair of 18th Century Lyre Back Chairs with Fortuny Fabric Seats
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Louis XVI Period Lyre back slipper chairs upholstered in Fortuny fabric.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Slipper Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Hand-Painted and Stenciled Lyre Back Chairs, Circa 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of French hand painted and stenciled lyre back side chairs with cane seats and terminating on splayed turned legs. Early 19th Century
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Antique 19th Century French Side Chairs

Pair of Curvaceous Lyre Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of curvaceous lyre back lounge chairs, American, circa 1950s. They have been completely restored in an ultra-deep brown lacquer and reupholstered in a taupe color fabric with a ...
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Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

  • Pair of Curvaceous Lyre Back Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Curvaceous Lyre Back Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Curvaceous Lyre Back Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Curvaceous Lyre Back Lounge Chairs
H 32.5 in. W 24 in. D 21 in.
Pair of 1940's Hollywood Lyre Back Occasional Chairs
Located in New York, NY
This pair of 1940s Hollywood chairs with stylized lyre back design with double ribbon center details, in ebonized walnut wood. Chairs have round seats which have been newly upholste...
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Vintage 1940s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of 19th Century Empire Lyre Back Dining Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of 19th century Empire Lyre back dining chairs Wonderful pair of walnut dining chairs with carved double eagle head and lyre carving. Measures: 20" wide at the front x 14....
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Empire Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Set of Five Italian Neoclassical Walnut, Lyre Back Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of five Italian neoclassical walnut, lyre back side chairs, with woven rush seats.
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Side Chairs

Materials

Rush, Walnut

Pair of Maison Jansen Wrought Iron Lyre-Back Arm Chairs with Swan Heads
By Maison Jansen
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of Maison Jansen vintage black wrought iron and brass lyre-back arm chairs, with paw feet. Swan head accents at tops of backrest left and right. Patina from outdoor use, cost ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Classical Lyre-Back Mahogany Side Chairs with Paw Feet, Phyfe school
Located in Providence, RI
Illustrated: A nearly identical chair to this pair (but with applied carved roundels at the knees) is in the Yale University collection. See scanned page below from 300 Years of Amer...
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Antique 1810s American American Classical Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Set of Four Italian Lyre Back Painted and Gilt Side Chairs
Located in Charleston, SC
Set of four Italian lyre back painted and gilt side chairs with urn finials, carved floral and shell motif, turned stretchers, and upholstered seats. Dealers please call for trade pr...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Side Chairs

Aesthetic Movement Walnut Lyre Back Bedroom or Side Chair with Button Seat
Located in London, GB
An aesthetic movement walnut lyre back bedroom chair in wonderful original condition retaining it's original button seat.
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Antique 1890s English Arts and Crafts Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Regency Style Lyre Back Dorothy Draper Era Tufted Slipper Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Recently reupholster Dorothy Draper era pair of tufted lyre back Regency chairs. Features coiled spring construction. Cushions were also replaced to bring this pair of chairs back to...
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Vintage 1950s Slipper Chairs

Materials

Metal

6 Maison Jansen Brass Swan and Black Lyre Back Folding Chairs with Claw feet
By Maison Jansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of six Maison Jansen folding chairs. The set are all newly powder coated black, with freshly polished brass swan and Lyre backs and brass claw feet. Newly upholstery in black Bel...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Brass

Antique Pair of French Empire Neoclassical Louis XVI Harp Lyre Back Side Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of antique harp back side chairs with brass or bronze mounts in the French Empire / Louis XVI taste. Item features solid wood construction, harp backs, finely cast brass or bron...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

1950s Maison Jansen Style of Neoclassical Wrought Iron Lyre Arm Back Chair with
By Maison Jansen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Inspired by Maison Jansen neoclassical wrought iron Lyre arm back chairs with brass swan heads at top round brass rings on arms and brass feet. From a Palm Beach estate meticulously ...
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Set of Four Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs with Lyre Shaped Backs, circa 1850
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four Austrian Biedermeier dining chairs from the mid-19th century, with lyre-shaped backs, carved urns and new upholstery. Each of this set of Biedermeier side chairs featur...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Wonderful Set of Five French Gold Gilt Carved Harp Lyre Back Regency Side Chairs
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful set of FIVE (5) French gold gilt carved harp lyre back regency neoclassical dining or living room ladies side chairs Sold per chair Measures: 18 wide x 33 high Seat: 14....
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Vintage 1920s French Neoclassical Dining Room Chairs

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Giltwood

Lyre Back Black Wrought Iron Arm Chair With Swan Heads & Feet
Located in Chicago, IL
Black wrought iron arm chair with brass swan heads and brass feet. The back is the classic lyre shape and the arms feature iron rings. The seat is upholstered in a geometric patterne...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Maison Jansen Louis XVI Style Lyre Back Dining Chairs, Set of Four
By Maison Jansen
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Set of four Louis XVI style lyre back dining chairs, created in the 1960s by Maison Jansen. Cream lacquer with brass inlay. Re-upholstered in Clarence House horsehair.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair 18th c. Lyre Back Chairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Period Louis XVI Painted Chairs
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Pair 18th c. Lyre Back Chairs
  • Pair 18th c. Lyre Back Chairs
  • Pair 18th c. Lyre Back Chairs
  • Pair 18th c. Lyre Back Chairs
H 35.75 in. W 17 in. D 17.5 in.
Stunning Piero Fornasetti Musicale Chair Lyre-Back Chair
By Fornasetti
Located in Montreal, QC
Piero Fornasetti lyre-back hand-painted and lithographic transfer-printed wood, enameled steel. Reference in Fornasetti: Conversation with Philippe Starck (see photos). Reference in ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

19c Napoleon III Set of 4 Lyre Back Chairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Hand Carved Painted Lyre Back Chairs with Rush Seat - Beautiful Original Patina. Tabouret Not Included.
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Antique 19th Century French Chairs

Materials

Rush, Wood

  • 19c Napoleon III Set of 4 Lyre Back Chairs
  • 19c Napoleon III Set of 4 Lyre Back Chairs
  • 19c Napoleon III Set of 4 Lyre Back Chairs
  • 19c Napoleon III Set of 4 Lyre Back Chairs
H 36.25 in. W 16 in. D 16 in.
19thC LOUIS XVI STYLE LYRE BACK CHAIR
Located in Atlanta, GA
19thC LOUIS XVI STYLE LYRE BACK CHAIR<br /> OUR INVENTORY #10-CH-009<br /> AN ATLANTA RESOURCE FOR FINE ANTIQUES
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Antique 19th Century Chairs

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  • 19thC LOUIS XVI STYLE LYRE BACK CHAIR
H 48&quot;T in. W 24&quot;W in. D 18.5&quot;D in.
Breathtaking Louis XVI Painted Lyre Back Chair
Located in New York, NY
Personally refinished in a beautiful Swedish grey with blue/grey accents, this single lyre back chair would make a beautiful accent or desk chair. Newly upholstered in an organic co...
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Antique 19th Century French Side Chairs

  • Breathtaking Louis XVI Painted Lyre Back Chair
  • Breathtaking Louis XVI Painted Lyre Back Chair
  • Breathtaking Louis XVI Painted Lyre Back Chair
  • Breathtaking Louis XVI Painted Lyre Back Chair
H 36.25 in. W 18 in. D 17.5 in.
Pair of Louis XVI style painted lyre-back chairs
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of painted Louis XVI style lyre-back chairs with leather upholstered seats.
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Early 20th Century French Chairs

Materials

Oak, Leather

Antique French Louis XVI style painted lyre back chairs
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Louis XVI style painted lyre back chairs
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Antique 19th Century French Side Chairs

Set of 12 Maison Jansen Lyre Back Chairs
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
A fine set of twelve Maison Jansen ebonized finely bronze mounted side chairs. The tapering Louis XVI style legs sitting on solid bronze sabots leading to a bronze capped top. The ba...
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Vintage 1940s Argentine Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

French Set of 6 Lyre Back Chairs by Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of 6 intriguing French Napoleon Style dining side chairs, circa 1940s, overall ebonized, the lyre-back decorated with bronze mounts and finials, padded seat, raised on bronze mou...
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Vintage 1950s French Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Bronze

  • French Set of 6 Lyre Back Chairs by Jansen
  • French Set of 6 Lyre Back Chairs by Jansen
  • French Set of 6 Lyre Back Chairs by Jansen
  • French Set of 6 Lyre Back Chairs by Jansen
H 38.50 in. W 20 in. D 18 in.
6 Swan or goose head lyre back chairs and table
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Although there are many varieties of this classic design, this particular set was purchased 40 years ago as antique and had many layers of paint. They have been stripped down and the...
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Early 20th Century French Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Set of Four French Antique White Painted Lyre Back Chairs
Located in Troy, MI
This set of four circa 1920 French lyre back chairs have an antique white painted finish, newly upholstered seats and tapered legs. <br /> <br /> Front Width: 17.5”<br /> Back Wi...
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Early 20th Century French Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

19th Century Lyre Back Arm Chair
Located in Hudson, NY
Delicately constructed French Turn of the Century Arm Chair with original Rush seat and painted decoration.
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Antique 19th Century French Chairs

Materials

Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Lyre Back Arm Chair
  • 19th Century Lyre Back Arm Chair
  • 19th Century Lyre Back Arm Chair
  • 19th Century Lyre Back Arm Chair
H 32 in. W 21 in. D 17.5 in.
4 French 1950s Lyre Back Side Chairs
Located in Tarrytown, NY
4 French 1950s lyre back side chairs with Louis XVI leg, painted white. Upholstered a few years back.
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Vintage 1950s Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • 4 French 1950s Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • 4 French 1950s Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • 4 French 1950s Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • 4 French 1950s Lyre Back Side Chairs
H 38 in. W 18 in. D 19 in.
Pair of 19th Century Hand Painted and Caved Louis XVI Lyre Back Chairs
Located in Fayetteville, AR
Pair of hand carved painted Louis XVI style chairs with lyre backs, c. 1860. Upholstered in France with nailhead trim.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Chairs

19th-Century Lyre-Back Swedish Side Chairs, Pair
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of neoclassical 19th-century lyre-back Swedish side chairs with fluted legs and gilt paint over red. The essence of great style for any decor.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Side Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of French Louis XVI Lyre-Back Side Chairs
Located in Port Chester, NY
A fine pair of French Louis XVI bronze-mounted mahogany lyre back side chairs with fluted stiles and legs. Late 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs

Pair of Beautifully Detailed 'Lyre Back' Armchairs
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Study the detailed shots of this wonderful pair of chairs before deciding. You won’t find another like this. Possibly Russian or Italian in origin.
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Antique 1870s European Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of English Lyre Back Regency Side Chairs, circa 1810
Located in Providence, RI
These chairs are related to chairs illustrated in English and American Furniture, by Cescinsky & Hunter pg. 271 and also to chairs on pg. 270 of which we have a set of six on display...
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Antique Early 19th Century European Regency Side Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Set of Eight Jansen Stamped Lyre Back Dining Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of eight lyre back dining chairs with a walnut finish. Gilt decorated. Louis XVI. Jansen Stamped. Wonderfully carved with pinapple top finials.
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Vintage 1940s French Dining Room Chairs

Set of 6 Antique Lyre Back Queen Anne Dining Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of 6 antique Lyre back Queen Anne Dining Chairs were fashioned from fine walnut, and feature an intertwined design hand-sculpted to complement the generously sized seats with fau...
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Early 20th Century French Queen Anne Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century Austrian Neoclassical Zebra Covered Lyre Back Salon Chairs
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This lovely and unusual pair of Austrian neoclassical musical themed chairs date to the early 1800s and could also be characterized as early Biedermeier style. The backs are very ele...
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Pair of 19th Century French Neoclassical Ormolu Mounted Lyre Back Side Chairs
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dating to the late 19th century these elegant richly ormolu mounted French side chairs have caned seats in good condition, but tasteful cushions have been made for increased comfort....
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Antique Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Side Chairs

Materials

Bronze

French Louis XVI Style Blue and Red Harp Lyre Back Swivel Accent Vanity Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage French Louis XVI style blue and red painted harp lyre back swivel accent vanity chair. Item features round swivel seat with figural tapestry upholstery, finely carved details...
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Early 20th Century Italian Louis XVI Side Chairs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Pair of Hollywood Regency Low French Lyre Back Side Chairs in Manner of Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Hollywood Regency low French lyre back side or slipper chairs in manner of Jansen. Each in the Louis XVI style having lyre backs with painted and clay decorated frames. Bot...
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Side Chairs

Hollywood Regency Pair of Lyre Back Black Wrought Iron Armchairs with Swan
Located in New York, NY
A vintage pair of lyre back gilt metal swan head and foot iron folding chairs, circa 1920s. The seats are upholstered in woven leopard.
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Side Chairs

Materials

Iron, Metal

Vintage Brass Lyre Back Vanity Chair
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Brass lyre back vanity chair by George Koch Sons, circa 1960s. Structurally sound and minor age appropriate wear. Velvet seat cushion with minor marks. Measure: Seat height is 17.5".
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Stools

Materials

Brass

  • Vintage Brass Lyre Back Vanity Chair
  • Vintage Brass Lyre Back Vanity Chair
  • Vintage Brass Lyre Back Vanity Chair
  • Vintage Brass Lyre Back Vanity Chair
H 33 in. W 15 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Italian Lyre-Back Iron and Brass Campaign Chairs
Located in North Miami, FL
Surrealism meets classicism in this 50's pair of Italian folding chairs. Campaign-style armchairs are black painted iron accented with brass swans, arm rings, and paw feet... Utterly...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

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Iron, Brass

Iron Lyre Back Swan Chair
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1950s iron lyre back swan chair.
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Vintage 1950s Chairs

  • Iron Lyre Back Swan Chair
  • Iron Lyre Back Swan Chair
  • Iron Lyre Back Swan Chair
  • Iron Lyre Back Swan Chair
H 36 in. W 22 in. D 18 in.
Pair of Lyre Back Caned Side Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of lyre back side chairs with caned seats and saber legs. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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20th Century Empire Side Chairs

Materials

Wood, Cane

  • Pair of Lyre Back Caned Side Chairs
  • Pair of Lyre Back Caned Side Chairs
  • Pair of Lyre Back Caned Side Chairs
  • Pair of Lyre Back Caned Side Chairs
H 33.50 in. W 15.50 in. D 16.00 in.
Pair of Upholstered Lyre Back Side Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of upholstered lyre back side chairs with H-shaped cross stretcher. Please note of wear consistent with age including finish loss and paint loss.
Category

20th Century Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair of Upholstered Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Lyre Back Side Chairs
  • Pair of Upholstered Lyre Back Side Chairs
H 35.00 in. W 19.00 in. D 17.00 in.
Pair of Hand-Painted, Lyre Back Baker Furniture Chairs
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in San Antonio, TX
Pair of hand-painted, Lyre back Baker Furniture chairs with original makers tags. Original cane seats and silk chairs cushions with tassel ties.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Silk, Cane, Wood, Paint

Lyre Back "Voyeuse" Chair in the Manner of Georges Jacob
By Georges Jacob
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A cream painted wood, yellow upholstered voyeuse. A chair on which a "voyeur" would kneel or sit astride while watching a group engage in a game of cards but not actually being a pla...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs

Midcentury Set of Four French Regency Lyre-Back Dining Chairs with Vinyl Seats
Located in New York, NY
A set of four French vintage dining chairs, designed in the Regency style and produced circa 1950-1960, each with painted wood frames on Klismos legs and pink vinyl seats, lined with...
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Mid-20th Century French Regency Revival Chairs

Materials

Brass

French Neoclassical Style Carved Lyre Back Italian Side Chairs Cane Seat a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Italian carved lyre back side chairs in the French neoclassical style. The pair features cane seats, shapely saber legs, finely carved lyre backs and classical form. Chairs m...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Neoclassical Side Chairs

Materials

Wood, Cane

Gilded Louis XVI Style Chair w/ Lyre-Back & Upholstered Seat, France, ca. 1910
Located in Miami, FL
From pre-WWI France, during the Belle Époque period, a very beautiful &amp; fine Louis XVI-style salon chair in giltwood (gold leaf applied over wood) with carved lyre-back, turned a...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Side Chairs

Materials

Gold Leaf

Set of Eight Italian Regency Lyre Back Classical Form Dining Chairs
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Collapsible steel frame chairs, with brass swan head "finials" and brass feet. Interesting mechanical furniture concept foreshadowing the Industrial Furniture Movement.
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Early 20th Century American Classical Roman Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Brass

Lyre-Back Regency-Style Swan Head X-Form Wrought Iron and Brass Side Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Adorable Vintage Wrought Iron and Brass Regency Style Side Chair having a Lyre / Harp Form Back. Brass Swan Head Finials, Paw Feet, and Great X-Form Stretcher Base.
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Vintage 1940s American Regency Side Chairs

Materials

Iron, Brass

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Lyre Back Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of lyre back chairs available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique lyre back chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and fabric. Lyre back chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of lyre back chairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Neoclassical, Louis XVI and Hollywood Regency lyre back chairs are of considerable interest. Some lyre back chairs are too large for some spaces — a variety of smaller lyre back chairs, measuring 15 inches across, are available at 1stDibs. Maison Jansen, Baker Furniture Company and Fornasetti each produced beautiful lyre back chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Lyre Back Chairs?

Lyre back chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $2,450, while the lowest priced sells for $275 and the highest can go for as much as $16,000.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

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