A Photo Guide to Antique Chair Identification

Updated on May 16, 2019
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I buy and sell furniture and often have to figure out which period a particular piece fits into. This is my cheat sheet.

Antique Chair Cheat Sheet

Confession: This is a cheat sheet I created for myself. I buy and sell furniture and often have to figure out which period a particular piece belongs to.

Use it to figure out your own style as you identify antique chairs. Enjoy!

Renaissance Style Chair

Louis XV Armchair, 1715-1774

Rococo style
Rococo style

Louis XV Upholstered Chair, 1715-1774

Rococo style
Rococo style

Louis Cane Chairs

Louis XV Bergeres, 1715-1774

Rococo style
Rococo style

Louis XV Style, 1715-1774

Rococo style
Rococo style

Louis XV Style

Louis XV Style

Louis XV Fauteuils Chairs

French Painted
French Painted

Louis XV Style, 1715-1774

Rococo style
Rococo style

Louis XV Bergere Chairs

Chic French painted style
Chic French painted style

Louis XVI Bergere, circa 1600

Baroque style
Baroque style

Louis XVI Settee Sofa

Chic French country tapestry
Chic French country tapestry

Louis XVI Large-Scale Marquis, 1600

Baroque style, neo-classic design
Baroque style, neo-classic design

Louis XVI

Louis XVI Style Giltwood Caned Chairs

Louis XVI Chairs

Pair of Louis XVI chairs, in the chic French country painted style
Pair of Louis XVI chairs, in the chic French country painted style

Louis XIII Style Chairs

Louis XIII Style

Louis XIII Style

French Scallop Carved Distressed Armchair

French Gentlemen's Chair

1765 Neo-Classical

Swedish Neo-Classical, 1765

Swedish Gustavian Square-Back Striped Sofa Couch

Spanish Colonial Mexican High-Back Side Chair, 1900s

Hand-carved oak
Hand-carved oak

Chippendale Chairs, 1718-1779

English Walnut Queen Anne Chairs

Ladder-Back Chairs, 1718-1779


Acanthus Ribbon Back, 1718-1779

Empire-Styled Rocking Chair, 1800s

Solid mahogany
Solid mahogany

Chippendale Bench

Chippendale Ribbon-Back, 1718-1779

Slat-Back Chairs

Chippendale Chairs, 1718-1779

Gothic style
Gothic style

Duncan Phyfe Shield-Back Dining Chairs

Duncan Phyfe Shield-Back Prince Wales Dining Chairs

Sheraton Styles

George Smith Regency Armchair, 1804

Carved Mahogany Balloon-Back Chair, 1900

Wing Chair, 1940s

Barcelona Chair

Harlow Tufted Slipper Chair

Hooded Cane Chair, 1960s

Italian Tall Slat-Back Armchair

Klismos Chair

Antique Abalone Inlay Cane Chairs

Plywood Lounge Eames Reproduction

Tub Chair

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