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Antique Tiger Oak Swivel Desk Chair, circa 1900-1920
By The Marble & Shattuck Chair Co.
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original solid tiger oak desk chair with cast iron mechanism, casters and original maker's metal tag. This chair swivels, tilts back and the height is adjustable....
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Early 20th Century Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Iron

Antique Library / Desk Chair
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Very nice quality George III period mahogany antique library chair in the manner of Thomas Chippendale. This chair has good crisp carving, it is made of fine dense grained timber, it...
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Antique 18th Century British George III Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

  • Antique Library / Desk Chair
  • Antique Library / Desk Chair
  • Antique Library / Desk Chair
  • Antique Library / Desk Chair
H 38 in. W 26.5 in. D 23 in.
French Ebonized Mahogany Antique Desk Chair with a Leather Seat Cushion
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French solid mahogany desk chair in a beautiful ebonized finish that lets the warm brown tones of the wood to gently peek through the black. The seat cushion is old leather w...
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Early 20th Century French Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Antique Georgian Elbow Carver Desk Chair
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique fine Georgian elbow, carver or desk chair, C 1800. The very best colour and patina. Very rare, with an elegant Georgian design! No loose joints. The seat has been profe...
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Antique Early 1800s Georgian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

  • Antique Georgian Elbow Carver Desk Chair
  • Antique Georgian Elbow Carver Desk Chair
  • Antique Georgian Elbow Carver Desk Chair
  • Antique Georgian Elbow Carver Desk Chair
H 32.68 in. W 22.05 in. D 23.23 in.
Antique Regency Mahogany Armchair / Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
Antique Regency mahogany armchair, with would be ideal for use as a desk chair. It dates from circa 1820s-1830s period and is in excellent condition. It has a flame mahogany curved b...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Leather and Wicker Cane 19th Century William IV Design Antique Desk Chair
Located in Halluin, FR
Leather And Wicker Cane 19th century William IV Design antique desk chair composed of an oak wooden structure, finely sculpted, brass finish, a cane wicker seat and padded dark brown...
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Antique 19th Century European William IV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wicker, Oak

Antique Swivel Oak Desk Chair, circa 1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original solid oak desk chair with cast iron mechanism and brass casters. This chair swivels, tilts back and the height is adjustable. This chair has retained its...
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Early 20th Century Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Antique French Carved Walnut Caned Desk Chair
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French carved walnut caned desk chair, circa 1890-1900. Very comfortable, with classic lines.
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Antique 1890s French Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Walnut

Antique Regency Desk Chair or Tub Chair, circa 1825
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in London, GB
Why we like it One of the most comfortable models of a Regency chair. Full 'country house look' with their beautifully patinated mahogany frame and worn early 20th century leatheret...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany, Faux Leather

  • Antique Regency Desk Chair or Tub Chair, circa 1825
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair or Tub Chair, circa 1825
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair or Tub Chair, circa 1825
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair or Tub Chair, circa 1825
H 33.86 in. W 20.08 in. D 19.69 in.
Antique Swivel Oak Desk Chair, circa 1930
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original solid Oak desk chair with cast iron mechanism. This chair swivels, tilts back and the height is adjustable. This chair has retained its original finish a...
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Early 20th Century Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Iron

Antique Regency Desk Chair, Early 19th Century
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in London, GB
Why we like it One of the most comfortable models of a Regency chair. Full 'country house look' with their beautifully patinated mahogany frame and worn early 20th century leatheret...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany, Faux Leather

  • Antique Regency Desk Chair, Early 19th Century
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair, Early 19th Century
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair, Early 19th Century
  • Antique Regency Desk Chair, Early 19th Century
H 33.86 in. W 20.08 in. D 19.69 in.
Antique Victorian Oak and Leather Swivel Desk Office Chair
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique fine quality Victorian C1880 oak and leather swivel desk office chair. New replacement black leather seat. Fantastic quality decorative functional piece. Swivels freely wi...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Antique 18th Century George III Mahogany Desk Chair
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique 18th century George III mahogany desk chair having a quality reeded mahogany top rail, three lovely carved mahogany reeded splats to the centre, elegant shaped open arms with...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

  • Antique 18th Century George III Mahogany Desk Chair
  • Antique 18th Century George III Mahogany Desk Chair
  • Antique 18th Century George III Mahogany Desk Chair
  • Antique 18th Century George III Mahogany Desk Chair
H 34.85 in. W 21.66 in. D 18.12 in.
Victorian 19th Century Antique Carved Mahogany Desk Chair
Located in Norwich, GB
This is an outstanding Victorian 19th century antique carved mahogany desk chair with an exquisite carved ribbon back, open splat centred by tassel and drop in seat. It stands on ele...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Antique Swedish Biedermeier Birch Dining Chair, Desk Chair, Sweden 1840, B2463
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Swedish Biedermeier Birch Dining Chair, Desk Chair, Sweden 1840, B2463 Scotland 1840 Solid Birch Original finish Arched crest rail Pair of carved vertical slats to the back ...
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Antique 1840s Scottish Biedermeier Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Birch

Antique Victorian Satinwood Shied Back Desk Chair, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a lovely antique Victorian shield back satinwood chair, circa 1880 in date. It has decorative ebonized line inlay and stands on elegant tapering legs united by an H-shaped...
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Antique 1880s English Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Satinwood

Antique French Mahogany Barrel Back Desk Chair 19th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French mahogany Barrel back desk chair, 19th century FOC039.
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Antique 19th Century Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Industrial Aluminum Rolling Desk Chair by General Fireproofing Co.
By General Fireproofing Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique industrial aluminum rolling desk chair by General Fireproofing co. Amazing patina, surface and finish, curved aluminum slat back for optimum comfort, retains original painted...
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Vintage 1940s American Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

18th Century Antique George III Mahogany Carved Side/Desk Chair
Located in Norwich, GB
18th century antique George III mahogany carved side/desk chair having a quality reeded mahogany top rail, three lovely carved mahogany reeded splats to the centre, turned tapering l...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of 19th Century Antique Victorian Mahogany Inlaid Desk Chairs
Located in Norwich, GB
Fine quality elegant pair of 19th century Victorian inlaid mahogany desk chairs having elegant shaped open arms and attractive shaped inlaid mahogany top rails and unusual but pleasi...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Pair of Victorian Satinwood Shield Back Desk Chairs, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a lovely pair of antique Victorian shield back satinwood chairs, circa 1880 in date. The stunning chairs feature sumptuous and highly attractive shield backs with a pierc...
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Antique 1880s English Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Satinwood

Antique 19th Century Pair of Mahogany Chippendale Style Desk/Elbow Chairs
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique pair of mahogany Chippendale style desk/ elbow chairs having exceptional quality carvings to the backs, spectacular fine scrolled carvings to the front of the open arms, beau...
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Antique 19th Century English Chippendale Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Quality Pair of 19th Century Antique Victorian Carved Ebonized Side/Desk Chairs
Located in Norwich, GB
A quality pair of antique carved rosewood desk or side chairs. This pair have a very attractively carved top rail and center splat. They have been tastefully reupholstered in a quali...
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Antique Late 19th Century English High Victorian Office Chairs and Desk ...

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Rosewood

Antique Georgian Regency Needlework Tub Chair
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in London, GB
An unusual late 18th-early 19th century George III, early Regency period mahogany tub chair, Possibly Irish, circa 1790-1800. Why we like it The combination of this chair's unusual ...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

  • Antique Georgian Regency Needlework Tub Chair
  • Antique Georgian Regency Needlework Tub Chair
  • Antique Georgian Regency Needlework Tub Chair
  • Antique Georgian Regency Needlework Tub Chair
H 32.5 in. W 20.5 in. D 22 in.
Beautiful Antique Chair "Banker", Labelled "Thonet"
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
The production of circa 1915. It is very pleasant to sit-has atypically shaped seat. The item is renovated-massive material, surface treatment-shellac.
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Antique 19th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Beautiful Antique Chair "Banker", Labelled "Thonet"
  • Beautiful Antique Chair "Banker", Labelled "Thonet"
  • Beautiful Antique Chair "Banker", Labelled "Thonet"
  • Beautiful Antique Chair "Banker", Labelled "Thonet"
H 32.68 in. W 18.12 in. D 17.33 in.
Lovely Antique English Edwardian Ralph Johnson Oak Captains Office Desk Armchair
By Ralph Johnson
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original Edwardian English oak Ralph Johnson stamped captains chair A very good looking and well made piece, I have two of these cha...
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Antique Early 1900s English Edwardian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Oak

Important Antique Chesterfield circa 1860 Restored Brown Leather Captains Chair
By Chesterfield
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare and important fully restored circa 1860 barrel back Chesterfield hand dyed brown leather office chair This chair is really quite ...
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Antique 1860s English High Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Antique English Georgian Style Dark Green Leather Library Office Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique English Georgian style dark green leather library office chairs - a pair. Item features nailhead trim, solid wood frame, upholstered armrests, dark green leather upholstery, ...
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Early 20th Century North American Georgian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Antique William IV Aged Brown Leather Chesterfield Fully Restored Captains Chair
By Chesterfield
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very fully restored circa 1830 horse shoe back Chesterfield hand dyed brown leather office chair This chair is really quite exquisite, its ...
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Antique 1830s English William IV Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Antique Captains Chair with Embossed Leather Armorial Coat of Arms, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale this absolutely exquisite circa 1880 Victorian walnut framed with embossed brown leather upholstery captain’...
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Antique 1880s English High Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Four Antique Regency Club Chairs in Old Leather, 19th Century
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in London, GB
A set of four generously proportioned 'Gondola' library chairs, in the style of Gillows of Lancaster and London England, circa 1825. Why we like them One of the most comfortable mo...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany, Faux Leather

Antique English Chippendale Rococo Chair Attributed to Vile & Cobb, circa 1755
By William Hallett, John Cobb, William Vile
Located in London, GB
Very fine George II Chippendale period mahogany side chair, attributed to William Vile, John Cobb and William Hallett ('The St. Martin's Lane Syndicate'). English, circa 1755. ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century British Chippendale Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Antique Regency Armchair in Turquoise Cotton, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
A fine quality early 19th century Regency – George IV period library or desk armchair, in solid mahogany,  English or Scottish, circa 1825. We like its somewhat quirky shape, wit...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Antique Wicker Desk and Chair
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Antique wicker desk and chair in fresh white paint. Desk measures: 39” by 24” and is 36” tall.
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Vintage 1920s American Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wicker

  • Antique Wicker Desk and Chair
  • Antique Wicker Desk and Chair
  • Antique Wicker Desk and Chair
  • Antique Wicker Desk and Chair
H 36 in. W 39 in. D 24 in.
Antique Lloyd Loom Desk and Chair
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Antique Lloyd loom desk and chair in fresh white paint. Desk measures: 30” by 21” and is 35” tall.
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Vintage 1920s American Desks and Writing Tables

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Wicker

  • Antique Lloyd Loom Desk and Chair
  • Antique Lloyd Loom Desk and Chair
  • Antique Lloyd Loom Desk and Chair
  • Antique Lloyd Loom Desk and Chair
H 35 in. W 30 in. D 21 in.
Antique Willow Desk and Chair
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Antique willow desk and chair in dark natural finish. Desk measures 35" tall, 30" wide, 21" deep.
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Vintage 1910s American Desks

Materials

Willow

  • Antique Willow Desk and Chair
  • Antique Willow Desk and Chair
  • Antique Willow Desk and Chair
  • Antique Willow Desk and Chair
H 35 in. W 30 in. D 21 in.
Antique Carver Dining / Desk Chair
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Antique dining chair, good size and comfortable, good shape to the arms and standing on fine reeded legs. English circa 1830
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Antique 19th Century British Chairs

Antique Victorian Mahogany Captains Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
A smart and comfortable antique Victorian desk chair in solid mahogany. This dates from around the 1880-1890 period. It is of excellent quality, with beautifully turned mahogany s...
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Antique 1880s English Victorian Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique French Mahogany Barrel Back Desk Chair
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French mahogany barrel back desk chair.    
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Antique Early 19th Century French Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Wicker Chair for Desk or Dresser
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Late 19th century wicker chair has a 3 interlocking woven twisted inverted pear shapes to form its back. Inside the pears are curlicues topped with a single centre bead. It has simpl...
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Antique 1890s American Victorian Chairs

Materials

Wicker

  • Antique Wicker Chair for Desk or Dresser
  • Antique Wicker Chair for Desk or Dresser
  • Antique Wicker Chair for Desk or Dresser
  • Antique Wicker Chair for Desk or Dresser
H 37 in. W 16.5 in. D 17 in.
Pair of Antique Chippendale Carver Chairs, Side Chairs or Desk Chairs
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Pair of antique carver armchairs or desk chairs, these are a very charming pair of vernacular Chippendale chairs with pierces back splats, great shape to the arms and H frame stretch...
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Antique 18th Century British George III Chairs

Materials

Oak

Antique English Mahogany Desk Chair, circa 1865-1875
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English mahogany desk chair, circa 1865-1875 EAC035.
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Antique 19th Century Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Federal Design Mahogany Desk Chair, circa 1890
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique federal design mahogany desk chair, circa 1890 EAC026.
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Antique 19th Century Federal Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Oak Desk, Breakfast or Library Table, and Two Chairs
Located in Crockett, CA
A nice quarter-sawn oak desk or library table and two pressback chairs with the face of the north wind on the back. This table could also be used as a breakfast table in a small kitc...
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Early 20th Century American Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Oak

Antique Georgian Style Leather Swivel Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
A beautiful vintage deep buttoned leather swivel desk chair in the antique Georgian style. This dates from circa 1950s period, it is of great quality and has a slightly unusual desig...
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Vintage 1950s English Georgian Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Antique Walnut Desk Chair, G.F Armytage, Lamb of Manchester
Located in Oxfordshire, GB
A wonderfully well proportioned walnut desk chair attributed to G.F Armytage in from a design by Lamb of Manchester. The chair with well turned front legs, shaped square back legs su...
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Antique 1890s British Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Antique Victorian Carved Oak Hall Chair Desk Chair, Scotland 1890, B2486
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Victorian carved oak hall chair desk chair, Scotland 1890, B2486 Scotland 1890 Solid oak Original finish Carved rail on top with carved supports on the sides Finials o...
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Antique 1890s Scottish Victorian Chairs

Materials

Oak

Antique Neoclassical Black Lacquered Desk Telephone Table Stand and Accent Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique neoclassical or directoire style telephone stand and accent chair. Item features caned seat side chair, black lacquered finish with gold accents, brass capped feet on table, ...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Antique George III Carved Mahogany Elbow/Desk Chair
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique George III carved mahogany elbow/desk chair having a wonderful shaped carved top and rail and open lattice work splat with shaped open arms, newly reupholstered drop in seat....
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Antique 18th Century English George III Side Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique French Provincial Walnut Carved Parlor Side Accent Desk Chair Scalloped
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique French Provincial side chair. Made from walnut with ornate shell and cartouche carvings. Features a pink upholstery over cabriole legs and scrolled deet.   
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mulholland Desk Chair in Antique Silver Leaf by Innova Luxuxy Group
By Innova Luxury Group
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Mulholland desk chair is a classic, timeless piece, that showcases a hand upholstered waterfall seat. Sitting on detailed carved and tapered legs, this chair is the epitome of ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Chairs

Materials

Silver Leaf

Antique Japanese Meiji Export Hardwood Mt. Fuji Dragon Carved Desk and Chair Set
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Japanese Meiji period export hardwood Mt. Fuji dragon carved desk and chair set. Set includes (1) chair, (1) desk, Mt. Fuji and dragon carvings, ball and claw feet, scale car...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Quality Pair of Antique Mahogany Carved Side / Desk Chairs
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality pair of antique mahogany carved side/desk chairs with an elegant tall back with a carved shaped top, an attractive carved open splat to the centre, newly recovered drop in se...
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Antique Late 19th Century Late Victorian Side Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Pair of Regency Elbow Carver Desk Chairs
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique pair of fine quality Regency elbow, carver or desk chairs, C1825. The very best colour and patina. Very rare, with an elegant design! No loose joints and no woodworm. T...
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Antique 1820s Regency Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Pair of Regency Elbow Carver Desk Chairs
  • Antique Pair of Regency Elbow Carver Desk Chairs
  • Antique Pair of Regency Elbow Carver Desk Chairs
  • Antique Pair of Regency Elbow Carver Desk Chairs
H 34.26 in. W 22.45 in. D 19.69 in.
Quality Pair of Antique William IV Carved Hardwood Side/Desk Chairs, circa 1830
Located in Norwich, GB
A quality pair of antique William IV carved hardwood side/desk chairs. This pair has a very attractively carved top rail and centre splat. They have been tastefully reupholstered in ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English William IV Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Glamorous Antique French Hand Carved Side/Desk Chair w/Needlepoint Seat
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning hand-carved nineteenth century antique French oak side chair with an intricate back, awesome front cross-stretcher, and a gorgeous hand needle pointed blue and white seat. ...
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Antique 19th Century French Side Chairs

Materials

Oak

Antique English Charles II Style Carved Oak Vanity Desk Side Chair Jacobean
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 19th century Charles II style side or desk chair. Made from oak with ornately carved details. Features a ball and stick design along the back rail over a unique pierced helix...
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Antique 19th Century Charles II Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

19th Century Pair of George III Antique Mahogany Side/Desk Chairs
Located in Norwich, GB
19th century pair George III antique mahogany side/desk chairs having a quality reeded mahogany top rail, three carved reeded mahogany splats to the centre standing on elegant turned...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Side Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Folk Art Green Painted Windsor Spindle Back Side Desk Chair Farmhouse
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Hitchcock style Windsor spindle back side chair painted green with a pink rose accent.   
Category

Early 20th Century Folk Art Side Chairs

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Antique Regency Klismos Desk Chair
By Thomas Hope
Located in London, GB
An elegant early 19th century Regency period open armchair, of Grecian 'Klismos' outline, circa 1810. Why we like it We love its sleek, timeless Klismos design, derived from anc...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Regency Armchairs

Materials

Mahogany

  • Antique Regency Klismos Desk Chair
  • Antique Regency Klismos Desk Chair
  • Antique Regency Klismos Desk Chair
  • Antique Regency Klismos Desk Chair
H 34 in. W 20.5 in. D 22 in.
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Antique Desk Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of antique desk chairs for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct antique desk chairs — often made from wood, mahogany and animal skin — can elevate any home. Antique desk chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Antique desk chairs made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Georgian — are very popular at 1stDibs. Antique desk chairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Chesterfield, General Fireproofing Company and Heywood-Wakefield Co. are consistently popular.

How Much are Antique Desk Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,800, while they’re typically $375 on the low end and $19,827 highest priced.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.