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Midcentury "Slat Back" Rattan Dining Side Chair, Set of Six
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage "Slat Back" rattan dining room chair, included is a set of six chairs. Cushions made to order included. The cushions pictured are good vintage shape but can be replaced u...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

Danish Midcentury Side Chair in Patinated Leather and Oak, 1940s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Side chair with in patinated leather and oak. Designed and made in Denmark, original condition.
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Vintage 1940s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Ch...

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Leather, Oak

Midcentury Cane Backed Side Chairs
Located in New London, CT
A nicely restored pair of 1950s era high backed chairs that have been re-caned, refinished and reupholstered. Would be great at either end of a dining set when mixing it up a little.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

  • Midcentury Cane Backed Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Cane Backed Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Cane Backed Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Cane Backed Side Chairs
H 44 in. W 18 in. D 24 in.
Midcentury Ebonized Spindle Back Side Chair
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Most unusual and very stylish side chair. Designer unknown. Difficult to categorize, there are elements of Art Deco and almost secessionist. They are made from mahogany and ...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Side Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Midcentury Bamboo Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern bamboo side chairs. Elegant pair bamboo and rattan vintage side chairs. Italy, mid-1960s Dimensions: 19" W x 19" D x 37" H; seat 18" H.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bamboo, Rattan

  • Pair of Midcentury Bamboo Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Bamboo Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Bamboo Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Bamboo Side Chairs
H 37 in. W 19 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Midcentury Walnut Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of midcentury chairs with splayed bases. Bases have a stretcher on each side and sit very elegantly. Refinished in a chocolate lacquer with patterned velvet upholstery. Great pa...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

  • Pair of Midcentury Walnut Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Walnut Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Walnut Side Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Walnut Side Chairs
H 36 in. W 19.5 in. D 20 in.
Set of 14 Danish Midcentury Side Chairs in Bamboo and Patinated Leather, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of 14 side chairs in bamboo and leather. Designed and made in Denmark in the 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Bamboo

Set of Four Midcentury Brass Side Chairs
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A set of four midcentury brass side chairs with curved shape base.
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Mid-20th Century American Side Chairs

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Brass

  • Set of Four Midcentury Brass Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Midcentury Brass Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Midcentury Brass Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Midcentury Brass Side Chairs
H 36.5 in. W 17.5 in. D 24 in.
Pair of Midcentury Mitchell Gold Side Chairs / Slipper Chairs
By Mitchell Gold
Located in Bellport, NY
Two newly upholstered vintage Mitchell Gold occasional chairs in excellent condition. The fabric is a soft and luxurious light grey, from the Robert Alan collection. Ebonized wood.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Midcentury Lucite Faux Snake Skin Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
10 midcentury (1970s) Lucite frame side chairs with a fan back design and red faux snake skin seat (some distress to Lucite backs) (possibly Grosfeld House) (Priced each).
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Faux Leather, Lucite

  • Midcentury Lucite Faux Snake Skin Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Lucite Faux Snake Skin Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Lucite Faux Snake Skin Side Chairs
  • Midcentury Lucite Faux Snake Skin Side Chairs
H 38.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 24 in.
One Vintage Midcentury Restored Knoll Bertoia Side Chair
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Pasadena, TX
Harry Bertoia Italian artist and furniture designer, Harry Bertoia's career began in the 1930s as a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he re-established the metal-working...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury Eames Aluminum Group Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are up to 2 midcentury Eames side chairs upholstered in rare blue leather- EA330. Elegance and comfort separates this iconic chair from the rest. First produce...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Midcentury French Oak and Leather Side Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of French sabre-leg oak side chairs with original leather upholstery, original sticker marked INVENTAIRE 1959.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Midcentury Swedish Modern Side Chair with Patinated Leather Seat
Located in Lejre, DK
Side chair in beech, cane with patinated leather seat. Designed and made in Sweden. Great condition.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Beech

Chrome Midcentury Diningroom Soda Shop Style Side Chair, Pair
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Great 1950s dinner style side dining chairs, this elegant modernist tubular armchair set features two heavily made chromed round tubular frames with original brown coverings. Sol...
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Vintage 1950s American Side Chairs

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Steel

Andre Arbus French Midcentury Upholstered Side Chairs, Set of 4
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 French midcentury white lacquered over oak and upholstered high back side chairs with tapered square legs connected by a stretcher (signed: ANDRE ARBUS) (ref: ARBUS, by Brun...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Oak

Pair of Vintage Midcentury Black Knoll Bertoia Side Chairs
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Pasadena, TX
Bertoia designed the patented diamond chair for Knoll in 1952. As a furniture designer, Bertoia is best known for the diamond chair and the bird chair, a high-backed model developed ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Midcentury Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are up to 6midcentury Eames side chairs upholstered in Espresso Brown leather with no arms. Elegance and comfort separates this iconic chair from the rest. Fir...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Danish Midcentury Oak Side Chairs by Søren Willadsen, 1960s
By Søren Willadsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A set of two oak chairs with original orange wool upholstery. They were manufactured and designed by Søren Willadsen in Denmark in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Both of them have a ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wool, Oak

Pairs of Midcentury Triangular Shape Italian Side Chairs, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of side chairs with a very rigid style and surprising design, in the characteristic Italian style of that period. The pair of chairs has a structure in lacquered beechwood with...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Beech, Walnut

Oak Frame Pair Upholstered Side Chairs, Style Pierre Chapo, France, Midcentury
Located in New York, NY
Mid century French pair of oak frame side chairs in the style of Pierre Chapo. Revealed tenons. Newly reupholstered. Decorative large single tuft. Very comfortable.  
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Mid-20th Century French Side Chairs

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Oak

Armless Pair of Upholstered Side Chairs by ARP Steiner, France, Midcentury
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury French pair of armless side chairs by ARP Steiner. Signature black metal frame. Recently refurbished and reupholstered in bouclé fabric.   
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Mid-20th Century French Side Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Midcentury Arthur Umanoff Paul McCobb Style Iron Side Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Paul McCobb style barrel back wrought iron side chairs, a pair. Item features curved barrel backs, yellow vinyl seats, hairpin legs, wrought...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Midcentury Wooden Vintage Indonesian Side Chairs with Pierced Splats
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of vintage Indonesian wooden side chairs from the mid-20th century, with pierced splats. We currently have two or more pairs available, priced and sold per pair. Born in Indon...
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Side Chairs

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Wood

Set of Eight Midcentury French Sycamore Side Chairs Attributed to André Arbus
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Set of eight French midcentury 1938 sycamore side chairs with a shaped upholstered back and seat with scroll form legs, by Andre Arbus. (ref: ARBUS, by Brunhammer, pg. 155). And...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Sycamore

Midcentury Italian Black Metal, Brass and Black Leather Dining Side Chair, 1950
By Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful midcentury Italian black metal, brass and black leather dining side chair was made in the 1950s. It has got an elegant black lacquered metal base and a beautiful bras...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Modern Walnut Side Chairs, Circle of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, sober and dramatic pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern neoclassical walnut side chairs from circle of Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1950. Beautiful form, lines and unusual scale...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Sassy Blonde Yellow Side Slipper Chair Screams Fab 1950s Billy Haines Midcentury
By William Billy Haines
Located in National City, CA
Adorable Mid-Century Modern side slipper chair with tons of charm. No markings from the maker present. Clean modern lines. Curved back and oversized seat. Comfort too, with no armres...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Midcentury Art Metal Inc Jamestown NY Brushed Bronze Metal Side Chairs, a Pair
By Art Metal Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern Art Metal Inc Jamestown NY Brushed bronze metal side chairs, a pair. Item features brushed bronze finish, metal frames, upholstered back, very nice vintage item, c...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Restored Midcentury Rattan Dining Side Chair with Mahogany Seat, Set of Six
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage rattan dining room side chair with a mahogany seat, included is a set of six chairs. Each chair features a three strand rattan seat back with a mahogany seat. Restored to ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

Pair of Midcentury Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of midcentury chairs with splayed bases. Bases have a stretcher on each side and sit very elegantly. Refinished in a chocolate lacquer with new patterned velvet upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s American Side Chairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

  • Pair of Midcentury Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Chairs
H 36 in. W 19.5 in. D 20 in.
Midcentury Padded Red Side /Pedestal Chair by Eames by Vitra for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra, Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
This midcentury padded red side /pedestal chair by Eames by Vitra for Herman Miller was made in the 1970s. A unique piece which is a great eye-catcher for your antique, modern, Spac...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Midcentury Wood and Red Fabric Side Chairs from Fratelli Barni Mobili d'Arte
By Fratelli Barni
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Pair of wooden and red fabric chairs manufactured by Fratelli Barni from Seveso (Milan) in 1950s. Very good condition: chairs have been partially restored and reupholstered. Manufact...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Restored Midcentury Rattan Dining Side Chair with "Hour Glass" Back Set of Four
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage rattan dining room side chair with "Hour Glass" back, included is a set of four chairs. Each chair features a three pole rattan "Hour Glass" back seat back with original bark...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

Midcentury Pair of Beechwood Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of midcentury beechwood chairs with bentwood details and perforated seats.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

  • Midcentury Pair of Beechwood Chairs
  • Midcentury Pair of Beechwood Chairs
  • Midcentury Pair of Beechwood Chairs
  • Midcentury Pair of Beechwood Chairs
H 28 in. W 18 in. D 16 in.
Pair of Midcentury Wicker Chairs
Located in New York, NY
A pair of circa 1950s French high back woven wicker chairs. Mint condition. Measurements: Height 43" Width 28" Depth 24" Seat height 15".
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Vintage 1950s French Side Chairs

  • Pair of Midcentury Wicker Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Wicker Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Wicker Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Wicker Chairs
H 43 in. W 28 in. D 24 in.
Set of Five Midcentury Art Deco Style Shield Back Dining, Office or Side Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of five Mid-Century Modern or Art Deco style shield back dining, office or side chairs. Each having a Macassar style high shine finish with button backs on padded seat rests.
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Vintage 1960s Art Deco Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Italian Midcentury Pull Up Chairs
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Italian midcentury pull up chairs. Walnut.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Pull Up Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Pull Up Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Pull Up Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Pull Up Chairs
H 32.25 in. W 21 in. D 24 in.
Midcentury French Wicker Chair on Iron Stand
Located in Culver City, CA
Midcentury French wicker chair on iron stand, circa 1920 Measures: 16.5" L x 29" W x 28" H $1,250.00ea.
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Mid-20th Century French Side Chairs

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Iron

Set of 8 Midcentury Hard Wood Folding Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage hardwood; deep grained folding chairs with a canvas seat and back. Inspired by a mid-century movie studio; this set will complete any home bar or home office setup. Additiona...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Canvas, Wood

Andre Arbus French Midcentury Woven Back Chairs
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 French 1940s oak side chairs with natural colored and red trimmed woven sea grass seats and back panels with an open "X" design (attr. André Arbus).
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Seagrass, Wood, Oak

Valenti Brown Woven Leather Chair, Spain, Midcentury
Located in New York, NY
Spanish designer Valenti brown woven leather side chair with a trademark designed wood base. Seen from the side are sculptural clean lines and curved legs with the nailhead trim foll...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Side Chairs

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Leather

Midcentury Neoclassical Style Mahogany and Gilt Chairs, a Pair
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a pair of midcentury mahogany and gilt chairs that are attributed to Baker Furniture. The yellow upholstery is new. The carved dolphin and arrow backs are highlighted in gilt...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Side Chairs

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Velvet, Mahogany

Set of 2 Midcentury Chairs in Walnut and Cane
Located in Beirut, LB
Set of two French chairs in solid walnut with original cane back and seat newly re-upholstered, circa 1950.  
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

  • Set of 2 Midcentury Chairs in Walnut and Cane
  • Set of 2 Midcentury Chairs in Walnut and Cane
  • Set of 2 Midcentury Chairs in Walnut and Cane
  • Set of 2 Midcentury Chairs in Walnut and Cane
H 38.59 in. W 18.9 in. D 18.12 in.
Pair of Midcentury Italian Lucite Green Chairs, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
Shaped nickel metal and plexiglass Lucite form the base of these stylish Mid-Century Modern Italian chairs. The unmarred, shiny metal structure and brand-new teal upholstery in high-...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Set of 4 Midcentury Dining Chairs with Tufted Upholstery
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A handsome set of four midcentury dining chairs with sturdy chrome frames and a vintage brown tufted upholstery covering the seats and backrests. Please confirm the item's location w...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury Spoon Back Chairs in Ebonized Walnut & Gauffraged Mohair
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern spoon back chairs were realized in the United States, circa 1960. They feature an oval shield form back; swooping curved arms; arched cylindri...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Mohair, Walnut

Four Basque Midcentury Chairs Spain Upholstered Hearts Sold Individually
Located in FR
Four Basque midcentury chairs French circa 1940 upholstered Hearts sold individually These chairs are for adults (and will work for children) they were used for playing specialist in...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Oak, Upholstery

'1' Midcentury Herman Miller Eames EC-178 Shell Management Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Charles and Ray Eames Charles and Ray married in 1941 and moved to California where they continued their furniture design work with molding plywood. During the war they were commiss...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Midcentury Italian Ebonized Occasional Chair in Black Patterned Satin
Located in Stamford, CT
Midcentury Italian ebonized wood occasional chair newly re-upholstered in black tonal patterned satin.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Side Chairs

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Satin, Wood

Midcentury Marcel Breuer Style Black and Chrome Wassily Chairs, Pair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in West Hartford, CT
Mid century iconic Marcel Breuer style Wassily chairs in black leather and tubular steel chrome. In great vintage condition with light wear on leather.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury Italian Giltwood High Ladder Back Chair with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage Italian giltwood high ladder back chair from the mid-20th century, with new upholstery and cylindrical legs. Born in Italy during the midcentury period, this giltwood chair...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Pair Art Deco Bridge Chairs to Recover Midcentury Open Armchairs
Located in FR
Pair of French Bridge Chairs easy to recover, circa 1930-1940. Art Deco Open Armchairs The wood has some very minor marks of use and wear, not distracting, the inside of one arm on o...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

High Style Midcentury Mahogany Dining Chair with Woven Wicker Seat
Located in Van Nuys, CA
High style midcentury mahogany formal dining chair with woven wicker seat.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Midcentury High Back Ladder Green Velvet Italian Chiavari Chairs, 1950
By Chiavari
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful pair of chiavarine chairs, with a seat dressed in green velvet. High quality of the "Chiavari" chairs in very good original condition. Perfect sculptural side chairs made ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Beech

Midcentury Mexican Modernist Leather Chairs in Gio Ponti Style, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a pair of stunning side chairs in leather with iron frames and brass legs. In the style of Gio Ponti. Unmarked no information on the maker.  
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Midcentury Chairs in Bouclé Upholstery with Lacquered Wood Frame
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful pair of midcentury wood frame chairs completely restored with taupe lacquer and an off white bouclé upholstery - the pair are perfectly suited for the modern room, from b...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Modernist Midcentury Wicker and Iron Chairs, Set of Two, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine pair of modernist midcentury wicker and iron chairs. This is a rare set of two from Austria 1950s. We renewed the wicker seats and backrests to refresh the beautifully sculpted ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Industrial Style Chairs, Elmar Flötotto for Pagholz, 1970s
By Elmar Flötotto, Pagholz Flötotto, Galvanitas Pagholz
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very confortable - Design.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Midcentury Danish Modern Cow Horn Teak Chairs Pair, after Hans J Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Cow Horn Chairs, a Pair, in the style of Hans J Wegner. Dimensions are: 29 5/8" H x 18 3/4" x 21 1/2" W, Seat 18" H , Armrest , 26 1...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

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Midcentury Side Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury side chair available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, fabric and metal, every midcentury side chair was constructed with great care. There are 241 variations of the antique or vintage midcentury side chair you’re looking for, while we also have 1 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury side chair — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each midcentury side chair bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made midcentury side chair over the years, but those crafted by Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Midcentury Side Chair?

Prices for a midcentury side chair start at $300 and top out at $30,000 with the average selling for $2,100.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — 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 styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring 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.