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Neoclassical Armchairs

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
19th c. French Cello Musician's Armchair in Original Patina and Leather
Located in Wichita, KS
A French cello musician's armchair in time-worn original patina and leather. This rare 19th c. model was last owned by a musician who played his cello in this chair for 50 years. An ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

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Leather, Wood, Paint

Pair of Fine Regency Style Paint Decorated Armchairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Ebonized frames with gilt details overall. The square backs with scrolled crest rails. The arms with carved rosettes on the ends over female beaded protomes on tops of the supports. ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Custom Louis XVI Style Carved Bergere, Office or Armchairs
Located in Stamford, CT
A fine pair of French custom Louis XVI style carved bergere or armchairs each in a nice fabric with carved lines and open side arms.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Wood and Gold Leaf Three Piece Suite, France, Late 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Wood and gold leaf three piece suite. France, late 19th century. Attributed to Maison Jansen. Dimensions: Large sofa: 91 cm height, 137 cm width, 67 cm depth, 48 cm seat height....
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

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Gold Leaf

Pair of White Lacquered "Curulle" Chairs Att. Poillerat, France 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Pair of white lacquered wrought iron "Curulle" chairs attibuted to Poillerat. France, 1950's. Brass "Bobeches" on top of each side of back rest. Interesting intricate wrought iron "f...
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

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Brass, Steel

1940's Neoclassical Black Lacquered Armchair
Located in Rochester, NY
A black lacquered 1940's Regency klismos form chair. Structurally solid. Great looking. Look at all pictures and read condition report in comment section.
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Bespoke Gilded Armchair in Ivory Capitonne and Lion Carvings
Located in PADOVA, IT
Luxury capitonne armchair with unique lion foot carved design. The seats are in mixed fabric and leather pattern. The capitonne upholstering is elegant in shape but yet very comforta...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

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Marble, Gold Leaf

Chandler Armchairs by Robert Brown in Truffle Lacquer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Black lacquer studded. A pair of studded Chandler armchairs from the Robert Brown Collection. The chair's frame is finished in black lacquer. Designed by Robert Brown in Atlanta, ha...
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2010s Great Britain (UK) Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Lacquer

Steel Windsor Chair
Located in Providence, RI
Windsor chair in steel, circa 1930, manufactured by Simmons Furniture Company. Chair has been professionally re-painted in a battleship gray paint. We can have this chair re-painted ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Steel

18th Century Italian Neoclassical Arm Chair in Fruitwood with Cane Seat
Located in Atlanta, GA
Neoclassical period fruitwood open arm chair with cane seat and tapered legs ending in spade feet, 18th century, Italy. Needlepoint loose cushion available.
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Fruitwood

Pair of 18th Century Italian Walnut Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
Outstanding large pair of antique Italian walnut armchairs or fauteuils from Tuscany taken down to frame and professionally upholstered in striated white velvet. These stunning grand...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Modern Classic Elizabeth I Armchair in Carved Wood and Patinated Fine Gold Leaf
Located in Oporto, PT
Inspiration: This is one of the most premium armchairs of Bessa´s collection. Worthy of the grandeur of an empire, it is made with the most premium fabrics on the market, admirably h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Gold, Gold Leaf

Glimmering Show Stealer Heavy Brass Neoclassical Armchairs by Mastercraft
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Stunning pair of neoclassical chairs in heavy brass by Mastercraft having seats of woven brass, stylish backs with a center medallion and arrows piercing through it. Chairs have rece...
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1960s American Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Swedish Gustavian 18th Century White and Green Armchairs, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Swedish Gustavian 18th century white and green armchairs. Pair of beautiful armchairs made in Sweden during the transition of 18th and 19th century. White painted with green ...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Pair of Lacquered Chairs
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of beautiful armchairs having a modern neoclassical style. Chairs have an almost monochromatic design with the bone toned lacquer and similar fabric. A touch of modern has be...
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1960s American Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Armchairs En Gondoles
Located in New York, NY
FAPG 20555D/2 Pair "Fauteuils," or armchairs, en Gondoles, circa 1830-1835 New York Mahogany (secondary woods: ash) Each, 31 1/2 in. high, 21 1/8 in. wide, 21 1/8 in. deep (over...
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1830s American Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Mahogany

Fine Neoclassical Armchair
Located in New York, NY
A fine neoclassical armchair. Mahogany with carved details.  
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of 19th Century Carved and Paint Decorated Lyre Back Armchairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Italian or French in the Louis XVI style. Originally carved dark wood in later deep gray paint overall. The square backs with ribbon and beaded crest rails and wide carved lyres deco...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Antique American Empire Neoclassical Style Mahogany Claw Foot Chair, 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique American Empire neoclassical style upholstered occasional armchair offers carved mahogany frame in acanthus form with shaped back and scroll form arms raised on legs with ...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

Classical American Library Armchair
Located in Hudson, NY
A prime example of the American Classical style. This mahogany armchair has detailed inlay and old form.
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1830s Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

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Mahogany

19th Century Italian Neo Classical Carved and Painted Arm Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorative 19th century Italian Neo-Classical style carved and painted arm chair. Painted in shades of green and gold with a beautiful upholstery on the back. Adds a reach touch of e...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Grosfeld Style High Back Wing Tip Club Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of high back wing tip club chairs, in the manner of Grosfeld house. Original upholstery, crème silk viscose textile with cross-hatched embroidered diamond-shape pattern througho...
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1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Textile, Silk, Walnut

Classic Capitonne Armchair in Ivory Velvet Fabric by Modenese Gastone
Located in PADOVA, IT
Comfort and uniqueness can be found in most of Modenese's furniture, but this armchair will give you a little extra comfiness with the special inner support inside, a special velvet ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Gold Leaf

19th Century Russian Giltwood Armchair
Located in Essex, MA
Period Early 19th Century Russian Giltwood and Painted Armchair or Bergere. In style of Rossi. Incredible proportion and size. Good size for modern sitting. Gilding over original gil...
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Giltwood

Pair of Baker Neoclassical Style Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Baker neoclassical style side chairs. The chairs have lacquered frames with upholstered zebra print cushioned seats.
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1980s Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

French Louis XVI Hot Air Balloon Back Montgolfier Zebra Print Fauteuil Armchair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Louis XVI hot air balloon back Montgolfier zebra print fauteuil armchair. Item features upholstered armrests, nicely carved details, tapered legs, very nice vintage item, grea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Russian Neoclassic Painted and Parcel Gilt Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Russian Neoclassic (early 19th Century) parcel gilt and dark green painted armchairs with scrolled arms with bird heads and red damask silk upholstered seats. (PRICED AS Pair...
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19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery, Giltwood

Rare German Fruitwood Klismos Chair, circa 1840s
Located in New York, NY
A rare German fruitwood Klismos armchair, circa 1840s with a partially leather padded rectangular backrest, above a leather upholstered seat, scrolled armrests and scrolled supports,...
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1840s German Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Pair Early 20th Century "Neo-Classic" Arm Chairs, Exceptional Large Size
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair early 20th century "Neo-Classic" arm, chairs exceptional large size.
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Antique Painted Curule Armchairs in the style of Jean-Joseph Chapuis
Located in London, GB
A very decorative pair of open armchairs of Curule form, parcel-gilt and black painted to simulate patinated bronze, after a design attributed to Jean-Joseph Chapuis (1765–1864). Cir...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Bronze

18th Century Original Black Painted Ladder Back Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine hand made ladder back chair has the original rush seat and original black painted surface. The condition is very good and sturdy with a fine aged patina.
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Late 18th Century American Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Pine

Armchair Swedish Black Neoclassical, 19th Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Armchair Swedish black neoclassical, 19th century, Sweden. An armchair made in Sweden during the 19th century in the neoclassical style. Black painted in a mat black with silver colo...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Maison Jansen Leather and Chrome "Savonarola" Emperor Chairs, 1970's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Maison Jansen; Hollywood Regency; neoclassical; Emperor chair; Chrome; Leathers; Eclectic interior; “Savonarola” Emperor chair by Maison Jansen was made in the 1970s. Luxury Mais...
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1970s French Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Set of Neoclassical Salterini Style Aluminum Garden Dining Suite
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare set of Salterini style garden and patio dining chairs and table made in the neoclassical taste. The set consists of four dining armchairs and one dining table measuring 43 inche...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

18th C. Pair of Italian Neoclassical Paint Decorated Armchairs
Located in Charleston, SC
Grand Pair of 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Paint Decorated Armchairs. These gracefully designed chairs are supported by two tapered square back legs and two carved rosettes abov...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

HENREDON Capri Vintage Italian Provincial Dining Armchairs - Pair
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of mid-century Italian Provincial Neoclassical Style dining armchairs by Henredon, from their Capri line. Solid wood with carved backsplat, striped fabric upholstered seat and...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Leather, Modern Copa Armchair
Located in New York, NY
This original Copa armchair offer the most comfort and a warm hospitality. Standing out for its versatility and adaptability to the space, it always upholds extraordinary comfort as ...
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2010s Portuguese Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Set of Four Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
A set of four vintage upholstered arm chairs recently upholstered in a cotton ikat print fabric in blues, gray, white and green, resting on dark mahogany colored square tapering legs...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of English Mahogany and Leather Armchairs in the Neoclassical Style
Located in London, GB
A fine pair of armchairs in the neoclassical in the manner of Robert Adam Constructed in mahogany with hand-painted gilt accents and red leather, each with oval backs enclosed wit...
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Late 19th Century Scottish Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany, Giltwood

Pair of 18th Century Italian Carved and Painted Neoclassical Armchairs
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of 18th century Italian painted and carved neoclassical armchairs Carved and paint decorated all over, top rail with center profile bust medallion, serpentine arms, twist arm...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Beech

Pair of Vintage Italian Scroll Back Armchairs
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning one-of-a-kind pair of hand carved and painted antique Italian Neoclassical rollback scrolled arm chairs completely restored in contemporary 21st century styling with a mod...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Royal Classic Blue Armchair in Damask and Walnut Finish by Modenese Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Excellency could not go further than this special collection of the noble blue living room furniture set. The curve shape seat is inviting and welcoming with pure comfiness on to the...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

High-End Gilded Two Seater Beige Sofa by Modenese Luxury Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Bright up and indulge your living space with this beige & gold bespoke sofa of two seats. A classic shape is enhanced with clean neutral tone, pleated texture, capitonné back and a p...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Set of Four Gregorius Pineo Iron Twig Garden Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Magnificent set of four iron twig patio and garden armchairs made on a grand scale by Gregorius Pineo. Gracefully curved arms, legs, and stretchers with faux bois twig designs. The s...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Vintage Solid Maple Directors Chairs with Brown Canvas Upholstery, a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of vintage solid maple directors chairs. Brown canvas upholstery. Excellent condition. Measurements are 23"W x 18"D x 33"H. Seat height is 17.5 and arm height is 25" W3 upper.
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

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Canvas, Maple

Italian Neoclassic Gold Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian neoclassic (Neopolitan 18th century) open arm chairs with square fluted tapered legs and carving on back rail with gold upholstered seat and back.
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Giltwood

Old Armchair by Adrian Pearsall
Located in Praha, CZ
The armchair from the American designer is in its original condition, it is intended for renovation. The walnut wood is without cracks or damage.
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1950s American Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Swedish Neoclassical Armchairs
Located in Doylestown, PA
A pair of Swedish giltwood Armchairs in the neoclassical manner, late 18th/early 19th Century, with black painted accents, the back and seat upholstered in gold, cream and black silk...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Giltwood

Pair of Hand Carved Gilt Wood Arm Chars by Galimberti Lino, Italy
Located in Lambertville, NJ
An elegant pair of hand craved neoclassical armchairs with gilt decoration. Made in Italy by Galimberti Lino. The back and arms with a dolphin motif with gilt trim all around the fra...
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Fruitwood

Pair of Giltwood & Green Imperial Roman Style Tub Chairs with Greek Key & Swans
Located in St. Louis, MO
Impressive pair of Imperial Roman Style lounge chairs, having large carved giltwood swans, griffins, lion heads, shell, foliate and Greek key backs with newer Holly Hunt green leathe...
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1920s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Giltwood

18th C. Italian Leather Arm Chairs
Located in Charleston, SC
Two 18th Century complementary Italian Walnut Neoclassical Arm Chairs with magnificent green leather upholstery. The two Walnut Arm Chairs are mortise and tenon through with pegs. Th...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Fine Pair of Neoclassical Carved and Gilt Fauteuils by Michael Taylor Designs In
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Large scale comfortable chairs with overall carved and gilt frames. The crest rails with scrolled flower centers and canted ends. Ribbed ribbon twist arms with leafy ends, the seat r...
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20th Century Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Fine Pair of 19th C Decorative Italian Painted and Parcel Gilt Armchairs of Neo-
Located in Benington, Herts
Extremely fine pair of decorative 19th Century Italian painted and parcel gilt armchairs of neo-classical design. Italian Late 19th C - Circa 1880. Oozing style these very attr...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Beech

Rolling Upholstered Southwest Ikat Armchair by Baker Furniture Company
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautifully upholstered armchair by Baker Furniture Company. This Classic Baker chair is upholstered in a thick ikat or southwest print in orange, blue, yellow, and cream. It has r...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of George III Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Essex, MA
Oval upholstered back with oval carved paterae and bellflower crestrail , carved downswept arms and serpentine upholstered seat raised on stop fluted tapered square legs , spade feet.
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1770s English Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Other

Neoclassical Empire Style Curule Leg Ebonized Armchair
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic Empire style curule leg armchair featuring an ebonized lacquer finish. Decorated with neoclassical gilt embellishments depicting mermaids and mythical creatures on the seat ...
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20th Century Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Linen, Wood, Paint

Pair of Klismos-Form Armchairs
By Isaac Vose
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to Isaac Vose & Son, Boston, Massachusetts (active 1819-1825), circa 1820. Mahogany (secondary woods: birch [slip seats] and maple [chair frames]) Measure: 32 1/16 in....
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1820s American Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Pair of Italian Neoclassical Walnut Armchairs, c1780
Located in valatie, NY
This beautiful pair of neoclassical walnut armchairs have medallion shaped backs with a border of carved beads. The C-scrolled arms sit on down swept supports. The bow fronted seats ...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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