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Neoclassical Chairs

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
Six Super Light Chiavarina Dining Chairs, Painted Wood, Wicker Seat, Italy, 1940
Located in Berlin, DE
Six super light 'Chiavarina' dining chairs in black lacquered beech, cherry or maple wood with original braided wicker seat. This chair, model 'Campanino' was created by Giuseppe Gae...
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1940s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wicker, Wood

Rare Neoclassical Style Side Chair with Caduceus Crest
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very rare caduceus carved back to a traditional neoclassical style side chair. The richly historical and ancient Caduceus symbol features well carved wings and the two Classic intert...
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Angelo Cappellini Bergere Armchair
Located in Miami, FL
Offered for sale is an upholstered and classical styled bergere armchair from Angelo Cappellini. The chair is supported by a finely carved wood frame on thin carved legs with stiff a...
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1990s Italian Neoclassical Chairs

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Wood

Shaped Curve Back Dining Side Chair with Self Button Detail and Nailhead Detail
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Menton chair is a beautifully styled side chair shown in off white fabric with and self covered buttons on the inside back - nailhead trim outlining the grace and lines of this c...
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2010s American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Linen, Mahogany

Polychrome Neoclassical Chair with New Cushion
Located in Wilton, CT
1950s polychrome chair in the style of neoclassical Italian 18th Century chairs. The brand new cushion was upholstered to play off the original paint colors. Wonderfully decorative. ...
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1950s North American Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Gilt Iron Klismos Chairs by Ched Berenguer-Topacio
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic pair of klismos chairs designed by Ched Berenguer-Topacio. The sinuous chairs feature a wrought iron frame with a large curved tablet back embellished with gold leaf squares...
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20th Century Philippine Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf

Tan Leather Upholstered Side Chair with Saddle Stitch Detail and Wood Frame
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Emile chair from LF upholstery shown in tan leather with handcrafted saddle stitch detail on the inside back and seat give a sophisticated look to a Classic style of chair. Can b...
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2010s American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

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 Chairs

Materials

Steel

19th Century Continental Diminutive Side Chair
Located in Doylestown, PA
19th century continental diminutive side chair in Fruitwood, upholstered seat cushion in vintage African Kuba Cloth.
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fruitwood

Vintage French Empire Style Hand-Carved Curule Upholstered X Frame Black Bench
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very attractive early 20th Century hand carved French Neoclassic / Empire Style X-Form Bench with lightly distressed finish, dramatic whimsical form rolled arms, and beautiful hand c...
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1930s French Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

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 Chairs

Materials

Gold, Gold Leaf

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 Chairs

Pair of Neoclassical Side Chairs, Wrapped Metal, Rams Heads, European, Gustavian
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Gustavian or Neoclassical side chairs can be used in any room. Each having fully metal wrapped frames with Finely carved rams heads on the back rests. The finely wrapped meta...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Metal

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 Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Wrought Iron and Brass Curule Chairs, 1960's
Located in Rochester, NY
Four wrought iron metal mesh classical style curule form chairs ( three side chairs and one armchair ) with brass urn finials at top posts in overall nicely aged original surface. Lo...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rounded Tub Club Chair on Swivel Shown in Linen Fabric with Wood Arm Post Detail
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Vila Club Chair from LF Collection is a great addition to any room - shown with off white linen fabric but also available made to order in COM - with mahogany wood post details i...
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2010s American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Italian Neoclassic Tall Bar Stool
Located in Westwood, NJ
An Italian neoclassic bar stool, with a leather upholstered oval padded back and circular swivel seat, on turned legs, joined by an "X" stretcher with brass footrest mounts. Dime...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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 Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

21st Century Neoclassical Plathea Chair Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Neoclassical Plathea Chair Dark Blue Velvet Beech Polished Brass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Plathea creates an elegant, classic comfo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Brass

Elegant Neoclassical Chair by Jean-Maurice Rothschild, France, 1948
Located in Brussels, BE
Fine low chair from the end of the forties with new yellow fabric covering. Two-tones wood frame. By J.M. Rothschild, France, 1948.
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany, Sycamore

Fraternal Three Seat Bench Throne
Located in Aurora, OR
Salvaged out from an east coast fraternal lodge, this piece exudes a certain gravitas in its resolute and imposing form. Columnar accents and some restrained accent molding are the o...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Chairs

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Oak

Pair of Mahogany Dining Room Chairs, Paris, circa 1810
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of mahogany chairs circa 1810 on balustered front legs and slightly flared back legs. The backs each display a laurel wreath. Stamped Jacob D, R. Meslee.
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1810s French Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Ebonized Leather Rope Klismos Chairs After Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic pair of large klismos chairs featuring a dramatic ebonized black lacquer finish and leather woven rope strap seats. The oversized chairs are unsigned, however they are made...
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20th Century Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Early 19th Century Original Surface Child's Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing untouched surface is to beat the band. It was found in New England & the chair is in great condition and has wonderful form. It has been well love and used.The wear is...
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Pine

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 Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury Set of Four Neoclassical Style Klismos Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stylish set of four Mid-Century Modern klismos chairs made in the neoclassical Greco-Roman taste. The chairs have a dramatic profile with a wide curved tablet back support. The seat ...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Maison Baccarat Crystal Room Restaurant Style Set of 6 Nickel Plated Chair
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional set of six Italian nickel-plated over Brass Chiavari chairs. Consisting out of 4 Dining Chairs and 2 high back Side Chairs. New light violet silk upholstery. Similar c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Nickel, Brass

Seven Early 19th Century Neoclassical Italian Chairs, Milan circa 1820
Located in Milano, IT
Group of seven chairs Milan, first quarter of the 19th century Carved walnut wood, lacquered in gray green and cream and partially gilded They measure: height 36.61 in (18.11 in ...
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1810s Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Shearling Covered Shaped Back Chair with Wood Base and Legs with Metal Cap Feet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Willow club chair is a whimsical chair that can be used in any room - shown covered in shearling with button detail on inside back with a contrast leather on the outside back and...
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2010s American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Mahogany

Set of Four Italian 1790s Neoclassical Period Music Chairs with Gilded Trellis
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Set of four Italian Neoclassical period painted wooden music chairs from the late 18th century with new upholstery. Each chair features a curved back, delicately accented by volute...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Baker Neoclassical Style Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
A Classic and handsome pair of baker neoclassical style occasional chairs newly upholstered in a creamy white ecru velvet with black grosgrain detailing. These vintage baker ebonized...
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20th Century Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Tessellated Bone Chairs with Brass Rams Heads by Enrique Garces
Located in North Miami, FL
Tessellated bone gives these circa 1980's Enrique Garces Neoclassical side chairs with brass rams heads a fresh modern spin. Upholstered in cream linen, we imagine these as a pair pl...
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1980s Colombian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Bone

Set of 8 Mastercraft Silk Velvet Dining Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
Set of 8 vintage Mastercraft Neoclassical style dining chairs. These ebonized chairs with bronze sabots have been newly modified and professionally upholstered in a Champagne Donghia...
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20th Century Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Brass

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 Chairs

Materials

Metal

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 Chairs

Materials

Linen, Wood, Paint

Tiger & Burl Oak Counter Height Stools by EMERSON ET CIE - Pair B
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Neoclassical style counter height stools by Emerson et Cie, of High Point, North Carolina, USA. Tiger & burl oak backrests, salmon colored fabric with gold fireflys upholst...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Set of Four German Neoclassical Late 18th Century Side Chairs, David Roentgen
By David Roentgen
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
This attractive set of chairs is made in the style of late German classicism and they were probably made in the workshop or the immediate circle of the famous cabinetmaker David Roen...
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Late 18th Century German Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Cherry

Custom Bobbin Arm Side Chair with Caned Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom bobbin chair with caned seat. These chairs are made in Alder with a variety of finishes. Can be made with a caned seat or with an upholstered seat. Bench made in Los Angeles ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of 1940s Italian Neoclassical Sidechairs
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful pair of carved and inlaid fruitwood Italian neoclassical side chairs with carved wood details throughout and tapered legs. Newly upholstered in caramel silk velvet.
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1940s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fruitwood

Dark Walnut Dining Chair with Armrests by Modenese Gastone Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
High-end palaces need high-end furniture, and the mission of Modenese Gastone Interiors is to serve this purpose. This majestic shiny dining chair with armrests presents a dark walnu...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Gold Leaf

Rococo Dining Chair in Black and Gold Finish by Modenese Luxury Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
A glimpse to the past, with this handcrafted luxury piece of timeless rococo beauty. An elegant floral upholstered seating gracefully on top of the contrast black painted carving woo...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Gold Leaf

Stylish Antique Neoclassical Recamier Bench or Chair
Located in Hopewell, NJ
The show stealer chair in the room, a glamorous asymmetrical Recamier chair with elegant sloping back, 41.5 at the highest point and 27 at the arm. Ebonized graceful slightly splayed...
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1920s French Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Neoclassical Armchairs, Walnut Solid, Green Velvet, France, circa 1830
Located in Regensburg, DE
Very elegant pair of restored neoclassical Biedermeier / Restoration Armchairs from France, circa 1830. Solid walnut wood, shellac hand-polished (Frenhc Polish). Very elegantly cu...
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1830s French Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Walnut

Set of Ten French Maison Jansen Queen Anne Style Chairs, 1940s
Located in Paris, FR
Unique set of ten green lacquered dining chairs made by Maison Jansen in the 1940s from the chinoiserie revival period of the early 20th century. The English Queen Anne style chairs ...
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1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

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 Chairs

Materials

Giltwood

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 Chairs

Materials

Other

19th C Extended Scroll Arm Windsor Arm Chairs. Set of Four
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Set of Eight 19th C Extended Scroll Arm Windsor Chairs. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chairs are slightly different. 35 H x 21.5 W x 17.5 D x 17 Seat H 35.5 H x 22 W x 1...
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood

Maison Baccarat Crystal Room Restaurant Style Nickel Plated Dining Chair Set 10
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional set of ten Italian nickel-plated over Brass Chiavari chairs. Consisting out of 6 Dining Chairs and 4 high back Side Chairs. New light violet silk upholstery. Similar c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Armchair According to Francois Linke Is Covered with Malachite
Located in Warsaw, PL
Armchair according to Francois Linke is covered with malachite stone. All decorative applications with 2 dolfins are made of chiseled brass plated with 24 carats gold. Covered with v...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Malachite, Bronze

Neoclassical Style Armchair, Cherry Wood, Ebony, Austria, circa 1900
Located in Regensburg, DE
Lovely original pair of restored neoclassical Biedermeier Armchairs from Austria about 1900. Bright cherry veneer and solid wood, french polished with shellac by hand. Ebony band i...
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1890s Austrian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Cherry, Ebony, Softwood

Pair of Italian Neoclassical Painted Side Chairs Great Form and Patina
Located in Buchanan, MI
A pair of Italian neoclassical painted side chairs 19th century. Amazing form and carving, lovely old patina. Priced per chair. Measures: Height 34 1/2 inches.
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Giltwood

French Wrought Iron Brown Painting Set of Garden Bistro Outdoor
Located in Miami, FL
New French wrought iron painting set of garden bistro outdoor Indoor & Outdoor The price includes two chairs and one white marble top table. Available Now in brown. If you want ot...
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2010s European Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair Of Baltic 19th Century Neo-Classical St. Walnut, Fruitwood And Brass Chairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional and extremely unique pair of Baltic 19th century Neo-Classical st. Walnut, ebonized Fruitwood, and brass chairs. Each chair is raised by unique and most decorative squ...
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19th Century Baltic Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Italian Neoclassic Walnut Side Chairs
Located in Essex, MA
Each with a rectangular back with open splat, drop in seats, raised on circular fluted tapered legs.
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Other

Italian Neoclassical Style Gilt Metal Chair by Palladio
Located in Houston, TX
Italian neoclasssical style metal chair by Palladio. This stunning versatile chair is the perfect entrance hall chair, side chair, vanity chair, dressing room chair, or desk. Newly u...
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1940s Italian Vintage Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Metal

1860s Antique Neoclassical Robert Wood Cast Iron Chairs, a Pair
Located in Elloree, SC
Own an authentic pair of antique Neoclassical style garden armchairs attributed to the Robert Wood Foundry. Original white painted finish on cast iron. Philadelphia, c. 1860s.
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of Neoclassical Walnut Armchairs, Italy, 18th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of neoclassical carved walnut fauteuils with carved lyre shape backsplat, sitting on carved and fluted legs. Recently re-upholstered, Northern Italy, 18th century.
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Set of Four Italian Neoclassical Chairs in Shallow Klismos Form
Located in Nashville, TN
In leopard or cheetah velvet. All four in hand carved and peg constructed Directoire frames and of slight Klismos form. Pretty well untouched (other than new leopard velvet seat cove...
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1790s Italian Antique Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Wood

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