Antique Furniture >  Seat Furniture - Chairs

An unusual birch and ash high ladder back nursing armchair

£395 / $610 / €553

A good mahogany Chippendale style carver chair with drop-in seat, ribbon back and blind fret to the front rail & legs.

Circa 1890
£425 / $657 / €595

Early 19thC Carved Mahogany Armchair of fine quality & good detail and most unusual  back in George III style.


£895 / $1,383 / €1,253

Brown leather wing chair

Circa 1960
£795 / $1,228 / €1,113

Leather upholstered mahogany desk chair

Circ 1960
£745 / $1,151 / €1,043

A Regency Hall Chair
£395 / $610 / €553

A Regency Leather Library Chair
£2,200 / $3,399 / €3,080

A Regency Lyre Library Chair in Italian Hide
£2,200 / $3,399 / €3,080

A 1930's 3 piece 'Cloud' suite in original Rexine covered Upholstery  & Mahogany Trim to the Arms.

Circa 1930

Height 83cm 

Width - Sofa      142cm
               Chairs   83cm

Depth 85cm
£860 / $1,329 / €1,204

A Set of 6 Regency Mahogany Chairs with drop in seats on sabre legs.

£950 / $1,468 / €1,330

A Hepplewhite Style Desk Chair or Carver

£235 / $363 / €329

A Victorian Carved Rosewood Framed Easy Armchair Standing on Cabriole Legs

Circa 1860
£680 / $1,051 / €952

4 Antique Wheel Back chairs

Circa 1800
£420 / $649 / €588

An extremely rare pair of French Second Empire patent mechanical reclining chairs by Le Maigre.

These highly unusual and ingenious chairs are comprised of numerous moving parts to allow for differing positions for the sitter. From an upright position, a push button to the side of the chair unlocks a spring loaded backrest which can be reclined to a number of positions and returned to an upright position by releasing the button again and removing the sitter s weight from the chair. Both arms are equally adjustable by means of a catch below the arm, allowing them to be moved outwards and inwards according to requirement.

Perhaps the most ingenious part of this chair is the way in which the footrest is deployed. Akin to most English versions of this type such as the Robert Daws chair, the footrest is pulled out from under the chair, however its initial deployment reveals the rest in an upside down position. The footrest is attached to an iron bracket that when fully deployed, allows it to then be turned over to reveal the top and be put in position. The turning action also releases two further rosewood legs which make contact with the floor as soon as the footrest is turned to its full extent.

I have seen no other armchairs of this kind and from this period with such ingenuity involved. The use of springs incorporated into the frame of the backrest allows for the sitter to remain seated and to exert very little effort to put the backrest into a vertical position and the armrests allow the sitter to exit from a seated position whilst the chair is fully extended. The footrest is of particular note and is unlike anything that I have seen. The company Le Maigre were quick to patent this invention and the ironwork to the base of each chair is marked “Le Maigre (LM) Brevete SGDG”.

The wording can be seen on many items of French manufacture and is often wrongly attributed to being the manufacturer. In fact, the word brevete means patented in French with the initials SGDG meaning Sans Garantie Du Governement (without governmental guarantee), a legal requirement of the French Government from 1844 until the mid-twentieth century.

In addition to the patent stamps to the ironwork, both chairs are ink stamped with manufacturing numbers, 5289 and 6894 respectively and with the makers name and brevete stamp to the inner rails. The earliest is stamped “Le Maigre” and the later one with just the initials “LM”. Unfortunately, little is known of the inventive company although there is a French patent record for 1845 lodged by a Luet (furniture manufacturer) and Lemaigre (upholsterer) for a “mobile reversing seat” (sieges a renvers mobile). This may well refer to the reversing mechanism associated with the footstool. Luet does not feature on any of the stamps on the chairs so it may also be assumed that Le Maigre took over the manufacture of these chairs following the patent.

Both chairs have been fully reupholstered in the same style as the original coverings. The springs in the originals had both failed so it was necessary to replace to ensure their continued use and they have been recovered in a quality black leather with buttoned backs consistent with the original design. The legs of the chairs are constructed of carved rosewood and are complete with the original brass and wood castors.

An extremely rare pair of Second Empire French mechanical chairs in full working order.

Circa 1860.
£12,000 / $18,540 / €16,800

An antique Ash, Rush seated spindle-back single chair.

Circa 1800
£110 / $170 / €154

A Pair of 17thC Style High Back Chairs with Check Upholstery

£795 / $1,228 / €1,113

A Very Rare Knowle Reclining Leather Wing Back Arm adjustable Chair.
£4,750 / $7,339 / €6,650

A Pair of Hepplewhite Revival Mahogany & Leather Arm Chairs.

Late 19thC

£1,450 / $2,240 / €2,030

A large William & Mary Style Carolean Stretcher Arm Chair.

£450 / $695 / €630

A late 19thc upholstered Throne Chair with barley twist turnings.

Seat Height 48cm
£650 / $1,004 / €910

A Victorian Horseshoe Back Smokers/Desk Chair

£325 / $502 / €455

A Leather Wing Back Armchair in the Manner of Gillows.  Early 19thC with a raked back on Gadroon moulded legs and brass castors.

Seat Height 58cm
Seat Depth 60cm
£3,999 / $6,178 / €5,599

A late 19thc mahogany Georgian style revolving desk chair with tilting mechanism, the castors stamped Hampton & Son with hand dyed leather upholstry.

£1,800 / $2,781 / €2,520

A pair of 20th Century leather club cushion back arm chairs
£5,750 / $8,884 / €8,050

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