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Francesco Zaccone for Thonet Golf Chairs in New Bouclé Upholstery, Germany 1970
By Thonet, Francesco Zaccone
Located in Almelo, NL
Presenting this stunning set of ‘Golf’ chairs by Francesco Zaccone for Thonet. Beautifully shaped chrome bases creating an incredibly sturdy and stately presence while keeping a stre...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Used Armchairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Armchair in antique Louis Seize Style XV with Curved Armrests beech
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beech wood, set and gilded. Cambered and carved frame on fluted, pointed legs. Curly armrests. Straight supports with applied acanthus leaves. Rising armrests in oval back fram...
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20th Century French Louis XV Used Armchairs

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Beech

two Slightly Smaller Armchairs in antique Louis Seize Style beech gilt
Located in Berlin, DE
Very rare in this form and as a pair to find. Solid beech gilded, the armchairs are surrounded by pillars.  
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20th Century French Louis XV Used Armchairs

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Beech

Armchair in antique Louis Seize Style Tapestry Fabric Gildet beech
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, set and gilded. Cambered and carved frame on fluted, pointed legs. Curly armrests. Straight supports with applied acanthus leaves. Rising armrests in oval back frame...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Used Armchairs

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Beech

Chair in antique Louis Seize Style Solid Beechwood hand carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Unique French armchair solid beechwood, finely carved.  
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20th Century French Louis XV Used Armchairs

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Beech

20th Century French Armchair antique Louis Quinze Baroque Style beech carved
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beech wood, carved, colored and gilded. Semi-circular ascending backrest frame with rocaille crowning. Passive, carved frame. Slightly bent frame on curly legs. The seat and ba...
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20th Century French Louis XV Used Armchairs

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Beech

Franck Evennou 2009, Pair of Bronze Armchairs
By Franck Evennou
Located in Paris, FR
Franck Evennou 2009, pair of bronze armchairs, 2 from a edition of 8. Measures: 75 cm H, 56 cm L, 45 cm P Dated and Signed This unique bronze Dolmen table is presented with its mo...
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Early 2000s French Used Armchairs

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Bronze

  • Franck Evennou 2009, Pair of Bronze Armchairs
  • Used Franck Evennou 2009, Pair of Bronze Armchairs
  • Franck Evennou 2009, Pair of Bronze Armchairs
  • Used Franck Evennou 2009, Pair of Bronze Armchairs
H 29.53 in. W 23.23 in. D 22.05 in.
Milo Baughman + Jack Lenor Larsen, Archie Lounge Chair, All Original Velvet
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Decatur, GA
Milo Baughman + Jack Lenor Larsen - All Original - Unique on the Market Archie high back lounge chair in sculpted solid American black walnut and all original Jack Lenor Larsen velv...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Floral Pink Velvet Midcentury Lounge Arm Chair, After TH Robsjohn Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co., John Widdicomb
Located in Decatur, GA
Stunning Mid-Century Modern petite lounge chair after T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings. Featuring sculpted maple frame and trim detail and new deep pink floral velvet upholstery. Gorgeous mode...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Velvet, Maple

18th Century Rococo Armchair
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Beautiful Rococo armchair, circa 1780. It has been scraped back to reveal the original paint which is original to the Gustavian period. This chair also has elements of the original ...
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18th Century Swedish Rococo Used Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • 18th Century Rococo Armchair
  • Used 18th Century Rococo Armchair
  • 18th Century Rococo Armchair
  • Used 18th Century Rococo Armchair
H 37.41 in. W 19.3 in. D 18.51 in.
Aerodynamic Italian Midcentury Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Italian midcentury lounge chair with aerodynamic lines inspired by the futuristic high speed trains and planes of the time. Dark wood legs. Recovered in a blue velvet. Co...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Fabric

  • Aerodynamic Italian Midcentury Armchair
  • Used Aerodynamic Italian Midcentury Armchair
  • Aerodynamic Italian Midcentury Armchair
  • Used Aerodynamic Italian Midcentury Armchair
H 31.5 in. W 28.5 in. D 30 in.
Mid Century Egg Chairs, Designer Furniture 1960
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Buxton, GB
These mid century egg chairs attributed to Arne Jacobson, would make a stylish acquisition for the contemporary home or commercial environment. The Classic Egg design Armchairs, are ...
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Mid-20th Century Used Armchairs

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Fiberglass, Teak

  • Mid Century Egg Chairs, Designer Furniture 1960
  • Used Mid Century Egg Chairs, Designer Furniture 1960
  • Mid Century Egg Chairs, Designer Furniture 1960
  • Used Mid Century Egg Chairs, Designer Furniture 1960
H 40.16 in. W 28.75 in. D 21.26 in.
French Gilt Framed Armchair W/ Floral Upholstery
Located in San Francisco, CA
C. 20th century French gilt framed armchair w/ floral upholstery.
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20th Century Used Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Giltwood

Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in South San Francisco, CA
Set of 2 Italian Cesca armchairs. The caning on both chairs is in great condition, with minimal to no signs of wear.  
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1970s Used Armchairs

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Chrome

  • Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
  • Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
  • Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
  • Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
H 32 in. W 21 in. D 25 in.
Set of Kai Kristiansen Model 42 Dining Chairs, Rosewood, Aniline Leather, 1960s
By Kai Kristiansen, Skovmand and Andersen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Set of dining chairs produced by Skovman Andersen for the Illum Bolighus department store in Copenhagen. Rosewood frames with seat and back reupholstered with vintage tan aniline lea...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Bentwood Chair, Side Chair by Torck
Located in Antwerp, BE
Bentwood armchair by Torck Belgium. Torck is known as manufacturer of toys and furniture. It's a beautiful shaped chair with bentwood armrests. Stamped - signed at the back by ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Used Armchairs

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Wood

  • Bentwood Chair, Side Chair by Torck
  • Bentwood Chair, Side Chair by Torck
  • Bentwood Chair, Side Chair by Torck
  • Bentwood Chair, Side Chair by Torck
H 30.12 in. W 18.71 in. D 19.1 in.
Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A. Cocobolo Rosewood 'Swinger' Chairs, Mid Century
By Don S. Shoemaker, Senal
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of rosewood and leather chairs in wonderful condition, Don Shoemaker 1960 A stunning pair of vintage safari chairs in solid rosewood and leather. US born Don Shoemaker h...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

GORDON’S Late 20th Century Leather Club Chairs on Casters - Pair B
By Gordon Furniture Co.
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Traditional style game / club chairs on casters by Gordon's Furniture, of Johnson City, Tennessee, USA. Fruitwood frame with gray blue color leather upholstery, barrel back...
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Late 20th Century American Other Used Armchairs

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Brass

Attributed of Paolo Buffa Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Armchairs, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Rare pair of wingback armchairs attributed to Paolo Buffa and produced in the 1950s. The armchairs have been restored and upholstered with ivory velvet. Paolo Buffa was an Italia...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Patinated Oak “Wishbone” Arm Chairs by Hans Wegner circa 1960s
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A lovely pair of Hans Wegner's iconic "Wishbone" arm chairs executed in golden oak with steam bent rails over papercord seats. Both retain early and beautifully patinated surfaces th...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Oak

Mid Century Little Tulip Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Cute and very comfortable armchair, designed by the famous Pierre Paulin in te 60's. This particular chair is fabricated by Artifort in the 70's. The chair is reupholstered som...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of Chesterfield Carved Hardwood & Oxblood Leather Armchairs 2
Located in Berlin, DE
We are delighted to offer you this stunning pair of Chesterfield carver armchairs in oxblood leather with hand carved frames. The chairs are a lovely find and in original condition t...
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20th Century English Chesterfield Used Armchairs

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Leather

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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Mid-19th Century Napoleon III Used Armchairs

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Oak

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Bernt Petersen, Denmark, 1960s
By Bernt Petersen, Worts Mobler
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of elegant armchairs by Bernt Petersen, with rosewood frames and comfortable natural leather seats and backs. Smooth lines with nicely contrasting materials. Leather in very goo...
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1960s Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Leather

Pair of Brazilian Rosewood Armchairs by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne Mobler
By Vatne Møbler, Knut Sæter, Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous pair of vintage model 934 lounge chairs in Brazilian rosewood, designed by Fredrik A. Kayser and manufactured by Vatne Mobler in Norway in the mid 1960s. The chairs have rem...
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20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Wool, Velvet, Rosewood

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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1850s Italian Louis Philippe Used Armchairs

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Walnut

GORDON’S Late 20th Century Leather Club Chairs on Casters - Pair A
By Gordon Furniture Co.
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Traditional style game / club chairs on casters by Gordon's Furniture, of Johnson City, Tennessee, USA. Fruitwood frame with gray blue color leather upholstery, barrel back...
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Late 20th Century American Other Used Armchairs

Materials

Brass

1950s Danish Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen Oak Model 503 "The Chair"
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in London, GB
An early 1950s version of this iconic armchair known as "The Chair" which was designed by the renowned architect and furniture designer Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen in 1949. Ma...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Early 20th Century Sculptural Scandinavian Modern Armchair with Lambswool Seat
By Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll
Located in Odense, DK
A stunning rustic Folk Art hand carved antique armchair in oak painted wood with a newer upholstered lambswool seat. Made in Norway in the early 20th century. This fine vintage ch...
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Early 20th Century Norwegian Art Deco Used Armchairs

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Lambskin, Sheepskin, Oak

Pair of Blue Modern Upholstered Lounge Chairs
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A vintage pair of modern blue upholstered lounge chairs with narrow dark wood legs.
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Late 20th Century Used Armchairs

Materials

Fabric

Pair of Chairs after Pierre Dariel, ‘Biarrtiz’ model, France, c. 1926
By Pierre Dariel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of chairs after Pierre Dariel, ‘Biarrtiz’ model, France, c. 1926 Measures: H 42.5, W 37.5, D 39.75 in. $9400 list for the pair Bibliography: Dariel, Pierre, Commercial Catal...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Used Armchairs

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Wood, Paint

Arnt Lande 'Attr.' Pair of Pine Armchairs by Møller & Stokke, Norway, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Though their country has a long tradition of craftsmanship, for numerous reasons mid-century Norwegian designers never gained the same international renown as their peers in neighbou...
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1940s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Mid Century Little Tulip Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Cute and very comfortable pivoting Armchair, designed by the famous Pierre Paulin in te 60's. This particular chair is fabricated by Artifort in the 60's. Round metal base with...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of Vintage Cerused Oak Woven Arm Chairs
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Pair of modern style, oversize, cerused oak vintage arm chairs with woven backs and arm chairs with leather cushion seat.
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Late 20th Century Used Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Gerrit Rietveld Utrecht Armchairs, Cassina, Newly Upholstered in Pure Alpaca
By Gerrit Rietveld, Cassina
Located in London, GB
A pair of Gerrit Rietveld Utrecht armchairs, produced by Cassina, and newly upholstered in a white (with a hint of cream) very soft, premium 100% alpaca pile fabric. Cassina labels t...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Alpaca

Rare Paul McCobb Symmetric Group Sloping Armchair, for Widdicomb, 1960's
By Paul McCobb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This lounge chair is absolutely stunning. Clad in a luxurious and soft emerald green velvet, this chair epitomizes mid century modern sophisticated design. The chair features all the...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

LC2 chairs by Le Corbusier Pierre Jeanneret & Charlotte Perriand Vintage Cassina
By Cassina, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand Cassina
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage pair of LC2 tilt-back lounge chairs produced by Cassina in the less commonly seen cognac leather. Nicely broken in with all the patina you need to add a little comfort and so...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

1960's Pair of Parker Knoll 'Merrywood' Armchairs
By Parker Knoll
Located in London, GB
An outstanding pair of vintage Parker Knoll ‘Merrywood’ armchairs. These were made in England, they date from the 1960’s. This is a very rare model, and the quality is superb. The...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

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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Mid-19th Century French Empire Used Armchairs

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Mahogany

Chesterfield Armchair Leather Brown
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful Chesterfield leather armchair in brown. Good condition, normal signs of wear due to age. The frame is made of mahogany wood.
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20th Century English Chesterfield Used Armchairs

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Leather

  • Chesterfield Armchair Leather Brown
  • Chesterfield Armchair Leather Brown
  • Chesterfield Armchair Leather Brown
  • Chesterfield Armchair Leather Brown
H 35.44 in. W 24.81 in. D 30.71 in.
Original Chesterfield Brown Leather Directors Captains Chair, Brand Wade
Located in Berlin, DE
Vintage tufted brown Leather English Chesterfield style barrel back desk chair. Item features rolled arms, nailhead trim, deep button tufts, and a solid wood base on rolling casters....
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20th Century English Chesterfield Used Armchairs

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Leather

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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Late 19th Century English Used Armchairs

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Lounge Chair by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning dramatic form lounge chair designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Directional in the 1980's. Its retains the original upholstery which needs to be recovered. Padding a...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Fabric

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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Early 19th Century English George III Used 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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Late 19th Century English Used Armchairs

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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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Early 19th Century Scottish Used 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.
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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Late 19th Century Jacobean Used Armchairs

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Oak

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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19th Century English Used Armchairs

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Mahogany

18th Century Pair of antique Louis Quinze XIV Armchairs Paris beech
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood poliment gold-plated. Passive, straight profile frame with carving on curved legs below with cross bracing.Historical condition with a wonderfully warm patina that has gro...
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18th Century French Louis XIV Used Armchairs

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Beech

Pair of White Reupholstered Danish Mid-Century Armchairs by Ludvig Pontoppidan
By Ludvig Pontoppidan
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of white reupholstered Danish mid-century armchairs by Ludvig Pontoppidan Very rare set of two armchairs with elegant curves designed and produced by Danish master craftsman ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Oak

Danish Mid-Century Modern GE 375 Easy Chair by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern GE 375 easy chair by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA This easy chair is a version of the GE 375 model with armrests and a high backrest that Hans J. Wegner des...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

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Oak

“Clam” Chair by Arnold Madsen for Madsen & Schubell, Denmark, 1944
By Arnold Madsen, Ib Madsen and Acton Schubell
Located in Utrecht, NL
This “Clam” chair has a beloved design thanks to which it is considered by some as one of the most attractive chairs of “Nordic Design”. The model has a rather perplexing history...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Beech

“Clam Chair" in Sheepskin by Arnold Madsen for Madsen & Schubell, Denmark, 1944
By Arnold Madsen, Madsen & Schubell
Located in Utrecht, NL
This “Clam” chair has a beloved design thanks to which it is considered by many as one of the most attractive chairs of Nordic Design. At the same time, this chair is arguably also t...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Late 20th Century Ethiopian Jimma Chair
Located in Firenze, IT
Early 20th Century one of a kind chair from the Jimma region, Ethiopia, carved from a single trunk of wood, the Jimma people did not use glue, nails or joinery in making these unique...
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Late 20th Century Ethiopian Used Armchairs

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Wood

  • Late 20th Century Ethiopian Jimma Chair
  • Late 20th Century Ethiopian Jimma Chair
  • Late 20th Century Ethiopian Jimma Chair
  • Late 20th Century Ethiopian Jimma Chair
H 120 in. W 80 in. D 80 in.
Pair of “Pedro” Armchairs by Carl Gustaf Hiort, Finland 1950s
By Puunveisto OY, Carl Gustav Hiort af Ornäs
Located in Utrecht, NL
These “Pedro” armchairs show the homely curviness that defined the design of the 1950s. Hiort af Ornäs developed the model for his own furniture company, Puunveisto Oy. The Pedro ...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Used Armchairs

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Bouclé, Wood

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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1860s Austrian Organic Modern Used 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 snail-shaped armrests, between 1862 and 1870. Thonet - Vienna, armchair no. 8 - design Michael Thonet. There ar...
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1860s Austrian Rococo Revival Used Armchairs

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Bentwood

Pair of Country French Provincial Blue and White Bergere Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming pair of country French provincial style bergere armchairs featuring a blue and white fabric having a French ticking stripe style design. The molded frames feature scrolls an...
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20th Century French French Provincial Used Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Set of Six Midcentury French Rattan Wicker Dining Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Organic modern set of six French dining armchairs from the mid 20th century. The chairs feature a rattan frame covered with woven wicker having braided borders. The chairs have a lov...
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20th Century French Organic Modern Used Armchairs

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Wood, Wicker, Rattan

Wood and Leather Director's Chair, France, 1970's
Located in Austin, TX
Black lacquered wood frame with new camel colored leather sling seat and back. Folds like a director's chair but very sturdy, heavy and comfortable. France, 1970's.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Used Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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Used Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of used armchairs is available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, fabric and animal skin, all used armchairs available were constructed with great care. Used armchairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of used armchairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Art Deco used armchairs are of considerable interest. Many used armchairs are appealing in their simplicity, but Hans J. Wegner, Knoll and Jindrich Halabala produced popular used armchairs that are worth a look.

How Much are Used Armchairs?

Prices for used armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, used armchairs begin at $1 and can go as high as $8,319,974, while the average can fetch as much as $3,500.

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.