A Mahogany Hall Chair

Christie’s Julians Park and Six Private Collections live auction on the 8th of June has many fine lots for the collector and connoisseur.

Amongst the lots on offer is an early hall chair (lot 171), a rather attractive and Windsor-esque early eighteenth-century chair (figure 1).

Fig. 1. George II mahogany and marquetry hall chair, circa 1730. (Christie’s)

When hall chairs come up, one normally imagines the somewhat austere nineteenth-century mahogany chairs with their imposing carved or painted armorials (figures 2, 3 & 4).

Fig. 2. Pair of Regency mahogany hall chairs, circa 1815. (Christie’s)

Fig. 3. Regency hall chair armorial, circa 1815. (Christie’s)

Fig. 4. George IV hall chair armorial, circa 1822. (Sotheby’s)

Lot 171, with its marquetry armorial, is an altogether more familiar chair (figure 5).

Fig. 5. Back splat with marquetry armorial, circa 1730. (Christie’s)

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to A Mahogany Hall Chair

  1. Eric R says:

    Those are all quite beautiful.
    Thank you, Jack.

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  2. inorthwoods says:

    More than a week too build ..Sweet chair..Thanks

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  3. Ken says:

    This may be a dumb question, but would an arm chair also be considered a hall chair or does that serve a completely different purpose? Would that be more or less desirable? Also, is there a difference in the quality of furniture in different areas of the UK? Ireland vs England for instance.

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Hall chairs were intended to be uncomfortable, but yes, some are equipped with arms. As a sitter, arms would be more desirable.

      Design may vary regionally, but at this period, quality was universally the objective.

      JP

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