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Vintage Wingback Chair, Ercol Style, Newly Upholstered, 1950s
By Ercol
Located in Schagen, NL
Wonderful re-upholstered wingback chair in style of Ercol. This easy or lounge chair belongs to the three-seat sofa we also have in stock. It is in good condition with some signs of ...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
Located in Round Top, TX
Whether you are ready to read a good book or smoke a cigar, this chair invites one to sit back, relax and reflect. The 1940's era still lingers here, and beckons to you as well. This...
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Mid-20th Century English Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
H 42.5 in. W 32 in. D 23 in.
Vintage Leather Wingback Chair with Ottoman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A 1970's wingback chair and ottoman has been professionally restored and handcrafted out of mahogany wood and features a leather upholstery tufted design with brass nailheads trim de...
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Vintage 1970s American Chesterfield Wingback Chairs

Materials

Brass, Brass

Vintage English Leather Tufted Wingback Library Chair
Located in New York, NY
Vintage leather tufted wingback library chair. Has a solid walnut base.
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Vintage 1940s Chippendale Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Vintage Wingback Armchair
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The vintage wingback armchair has wood extensions to the arms and cabriole legs, and is newly upholstered in a gold damask linen fabric. Easily comfortable. Measures: Arm height 2...
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Early 20th Century American Other Wingback Chairs

Materials

Linen, Wood

  • Vintage Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Wingback Armchair
H 44 in. W 29 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Vintage Leather Tufted Wingback Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of burgundy leather tufted wingback chairs. Has brass studs, "H" wood stretcher and a loose cushioned seat. Great for home or office.
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Vintage 1960s Wingback Chairs

Materials

Brass

Vintage Wingback Kilim Style Upholstery Wingback Amrchair Claw & Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Kilim style upholstery wingback armchair in good vintage condition throughout A well made and decorative armchair which is very com...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vintage English Midcentury Brown Leather Wingback Chair with Brass Nailhead Trim
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English vintage brown leather wingback chair with straight legs and side stretchers from the mid-20th century. This English wingback chair is upholstered in a warm brown leather, ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Brass

Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Wingback Armchairs, Pair
Located in East Hampton, NY
These boho chic bamboo flared wing armchairs with graphic oval design to back. Newly reupholstered in Sunbrella fabric. Back cushion is removable if desired with Velcro straps. Very ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Bamboo

  • Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Wingback Armchairs, Pair
  • Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Wingback Armchairs, Pair
  • Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Wingback Armchairs, Pair
  • Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Wingback Armchairs, Pair
H 44.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 23.25 in.
Fully Restored Vintage Chesterfield Porters Wingback Armchair Brown Leather
By Chesterfield
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage Porters barrel back armchair in whisky brown leather This chair a real tour de force, is has absolutely everything going ...
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20th Century English Chesterfield Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Restored Vintage Handmade in England Chesterfield Wingback Armchair & Footstool
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely midcentury restored Chesterfield wingback armchair and footstool in brown leather upholstery A lovely pair, full of vintage charm an...
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20th Century English Victorian Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Restored Oxblood Leather Fully Tufted Chesterfield Wingback Armchair
By Chesterfield
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning fully restored vintage chesterfield tufted oxblood leather wingback armchair This chair is a real tour de force, it has absolutely...
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20th Century English Chesterfield Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Vintage Black Velvet Upholstered George Hepplewhite Wingback Armchairs
By George Hepplewhite
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale absolutely stunning pair of vintage oversized George Hepplewhite wingback armchairs with the Philadelphia oversized wings These are a showstoppi...
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20th Century English Art Deco Wingback Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Vintage Pair of Queen Anne Style Mahogany Fireside Wingback Armchairs
By Pennsylvania House
Located in Big Flats, NY
A vintage pair of Queen Anne style upholstered fireside chairs offer shaped crest over wing back and scroll form arms, raised on mahogany cabriole legs terminating in pad feet, 20th ...
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20th Century American Queen Anne Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Mahogany

Vintage Pair of Wingbacks Restyled by Todd W. G. Corder, Originally 1970s, USA
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful pair of matching vintage wingback chairs from the early 1970s restyled and restored by Todd W. G. Corder.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Southwood Queen Anne Mahogany Wingback Armchair Club Library George II
By Southwood & Co.
Located in Dayton, OH
Southwood (Hickory, North Carolina) wingback chair. Made from mahogany frame with carved cabriole legs in front and square splayed legs at back. Lets are connected by a turned H-stre...
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Late 20th Century Native American Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Comfortable Pair of Nice Vintage Restored Wingback Armchairs Cigar Brown Leather
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of lovely fully restored vintage wingback armchairs in cigar brown leather A good looking and comfortable pair of coil sprun...
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20th Century English Victorian Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Baker Chippendale Style Wing Chair
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Baker Furniture Co. Chippendale style wing chair upholstered in a taupe ultra suede fabric with nail heads.
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20th Century American Chippendale Wingback Chairs

Materials

Ultrasuede

  • Vintage Baker Chippendale Style Wing Chair
  • Vintage Baker Chippendale Style Wing Chair
  • Vintage Baker Chippendale Style Wing Chair
  • Vintage Baker Chippendale Style Wing Chair
H 45.50 in. W 32 in. D 32 in.
Vintage Wing Chair with New Upholstery
Located in Brea, CA
Vintage wing chair with new upholstery. Size: 30” W x 31” D x 42” H Seat height 19” Seat depth 19” Arm height 24” Upholstery is in a linen blend, light natural color. Seat is a ...
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Vintage 1950s Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Vintage Wing Chair with New Upholstery
  • Vintage Wing Chair with New Upholstery
  • Vintage Wing Chair with New Upholstery
  • Vintage Wing Chair with New Upholstery
H 42 in. W 30 in. D 31 in.
Fine Pair of Vintage Custom Wing Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Mahogany frames with square front legs, splayed back ones and H stretchers. Custom upholstered in a fine herringbone tan and pale gray. The pair are solid feeling and very comfortabl...
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20th Century American Classical Wingback Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Fine Pair of Vintage Custom Wing Chairs
  • Fine Pair of Vintage Custom Wing Chairs
  • Fine Pair of Vintage Custom Wing Chairs
  • Fine Pair of Vintage Custom Wing Chairs
H 42 in. W 34 in. D 38 in.
Vintage Rare Design Yellow Big Wing Chair, 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of wood, fabric - Original upholstery has some signs use - Fixed frame - Comfortable - Good, original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

  • Vintage Rare Design Yellow Big Wing Chair, 1950s
  • Vintage Rare Design Yellow Big Wing Chair, 1950s
  • Vintage Rare Design Yellow Big Wing Chair, 1950s
  • Vintage Rare Design Yellow Big Wing Chair, 1950s
H 37.8 in. W 33.47 in. D 33.86 in.
Pair of Vintage French Cane Wing Back Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
French caned back wingbacks feature an airy cane backing on arms and back and have an exposed trim with carved details. They are upholstered in original chevron print fabric on the s...
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Mid-20th Century Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Walnut

Sumptuous Vintage Tufted Sage Green Velvet Barrel Back Wing Chair
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Elegant vintage tufted barrel back wing club chair upholstered in sumptuous sage green velvet and finished with brass nailheads. Mahogany legs are tapered and terminate in brass cast...
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Vintage 1940s North American Wingback Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

Vintage Mid-Century Wing Chair Upholstered in Bodhi Tree Fabric
By Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Mid-Century wing chair is upholstered in Johnson Hartig/Libertine for Schumacher Bodhi Tree fabric in Blue & Red (178561).
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Pair Custom Hand Painted Raw Silk Vintage Modern Wing Back Chairs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A modern take on a Wing Chair done in amazing hand painted raw silk were from a multi million dollar Palm Springs area estate. They are on custom made casters and were originally des...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Wingback Chairs

Vintage Brown Velvet Swoop Arm Slipper Club Chair Modern Library Side Accent
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage brown velvet wingback style club chair. Featuring swooped arms over square tapered legs.   
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Late 20th Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Vintage Art Deco Style Mahogany Channel Back Arm Chair Barrel Library Club
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Art Deco style channel back arm chair. Made of mahogany with green upholstery accented with nailhead trim.   
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Italy - Made of teak wood, original upholstery - Partially restored - Good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

  • Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
  • Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
  • Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
  • Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
H 34.65 in. W 27.96 in. D 29.14 in.
Vintage Walnut Wingback Slipper Lounge Chairs
Located in Burbank, CA
A beautiful pair of vintage wingback slipper lounge chairs manufactured in the United States, circa 1950s. These elegant chairs feature a sturdy solid walnut base and, newly upholste...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Fabric

Vintage Dutch Cognac Leather Wingback Club Chair
Located in Nijmegen, NL
This cognac-colored leather club chair comes from the Netherlands. It is upholstered with cognac-colored leather and features metal rivets and wooden legs.
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Industrial Club Chairs

Materials

Leather

  • Vintage Dutch Cognac Leather Wingback Club Chair
  • Vintage Dutch Cognac Leather Wingback Club Chair
  • Vintage Dutch Cognac Leather Wingback Club Chair
  • Vintage Dutch Cognac Leather Wingback Club Chair
H 37.41 in. W 31.11 in. D 31.11 in.
Vintage Leather Wingback Chair from Denmark, 1940s
Located in Nashville, TN
Vintage leather wingback chair from Denmark, 1940s. Original black leather upholstery with great wear and patina.
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Antique Early 1900s European Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Wingback Lounge Chair after Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage-modern lounge chair featuring sculpted body and upholstered seat and back, designed in the manner of Adrian Pearsall. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Danish In The Style Of Madsen and Schubell Wingback Lounge Chair
By Ib Madsen and Acton Schubell
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish in the style of Madsen & Schubell wingback lounge chair. This wingback chair features a beech wood frame with sweeping armrests that flow into the cigar shaped legs. T...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech

Vintage Armchair, English, Teak, Wingback, Seat, Modernist Taste, 20th Century
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage arm chair. An English, teak wingback seat in modernist taste and dating to the 20th century. Displays a desirable aged patina, slight marks commensurate with age...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Teak

Pair of Vintage French Louis XV Style Wingback Bergere Armchairs, W & J Sloane
By W. & J. Sloane
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of vintage French Louis XV style wingback bergere armchairs, W & J Sloane. These chairs were made in Italy, and originally sold by W & J Sloane Inc. Items feature solid wood fra...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XV Bergere Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Vintage Italian Regency Style Rams Head Carved Walnut Wingback Bergere Arm Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Italian Regency style rams head carved walnut wingback bergere arm chair. Item features ram's head carved armrests, solid wood frame, upholstered armrests, finely carved deta...
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Mid-20th Century Regency Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Vintage Wingback Chair
Located in New York, NY
Vintage wingback chair. Covered in a light creamy blue stripe cotton fabric.
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20th Century American Wingback Chairs

  • Vintage Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Wingback Chair
H 47 in. W 25.5 in. D 27 in.
Vintage Wingback Chairs in Natural Black Brazilian Cowhide
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
From a sheltering and sweeping deep profile to distinctive square arms, the lines of this wingback pair are impeccable. The design team chose luxurious Brazilian natural black cowhid...
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20th Century Wingback Chairs

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Cowhide

Vintage Wingback Chairs Slip Covered in Organic Irish Linen
Located in Brea, CA
Fabulous pair of vintage wing chairs we have reupholstered in our organic greige irish linens. A custom double ruffled slip cover in the same greige linen, features a soft and squish...
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20th Century American Romantic Wingback Chairs

Materials

Down, Linen, Wood

Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
Located in New York, NY
Vintage leather wingback chair with a solid mahogany base and a down filled seat.
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Vintage 1960s Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
  • Vintage Leather Wingback Chair
H 44 in. W 33.5 in. D 35 in.
Vintage European Rattan Wingback Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wicker and rattan lounge chair purchased in France.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

  • Vintage European Rattan Wingback Chair
  • Vintage European Rattan Wingback Chair
  • Vintage European Rattan Wingback Chair
  • Vintage European Rattan Wingback Chair
H 33 in. W 23 in. D 26 in.
Georgian Wingback Vintage Leather Fireside Armchair Oxblood Heritage Leather Etc
By Leather Chairs of Bath
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning handmade in Bath hand dyed aged oxblood leather wide Georgian wingback armchair This armchair is part of a suite, we have one of t...
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2010s British Georgian Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

Pair of Restored Vintage Wingback Chairs in Indigo Blue Shibori Fabric
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The wingback chairs have such lovely lines and graceful sweeping backs. I rescued them, and had them lovingly restored and upholstered in a chic indigo blue shibori fabric. Measures:...
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Vintage 1970s American Bohemian Wingback Chairs

Pair of Vintage Leather Wingback Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of English brown leather upholstered mahogany Georgian style wingback arm chairs of generous size. Twentieth century
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Vintage 1970s British Georgian Wingback Chairs

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Leather

  • Pair of Vintage Leather Wingback Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Leather Wingback Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Leather Wingback Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Leather Wingback Chairs
H 42 in. W 35 in. D 28 in.
Pair of Vintage Hickory Chair Wingbacks
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Pair of vintage hickory chair wingbacks with very stylish lines. Nice vintage velvet still in good condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Wingback Chairs

  • Pair of Vintage Hickory Chair Wingbacks
  • Pair of Vintage Hickory Chair Wingbacks
  • Pair of Vintage Hickory Chair Wingbacks
  • Pair of Vintage Hickory Chair Wingbacks
H 49 in. W 30 in. D 32 in.
Vintage Leather Small Scale Wingback Club Chair
Located in Round Top, TX
This camel brown leather wing back chair is from Denmark. While small in scale, it provides quite comfortable seating. The simple tufted back of the chair has a slight curve for more...
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Early 20th Century Danish Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Bamboo and Cane Wingback Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wicker and rattan lounge chair purchased in France with newly upholstered cushion in linen and leather ties.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Vintage Leather and Mahogany Wingback Lounge Chairs
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage pair of lounge armchairs in carved mahogany with black leather upholstery. A personal favorite, these handsome armchairs are both comfortable and great looking! We lov...
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Vintage 1940s Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Dramatic Vintage Adrian Pearsall Wingback Club Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Super stylish Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates high back arm or lounge chair, circa 1960s. Original fabric on a solid walnut sculptural base, wood padded arms, and a molded plywo...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Classic Vintage Chippendale Style Black Leather Wingback Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Outstanding clean, simple and classic vintage American straight leg Chippendale style wingback chair with black leather upholstery and brass nailhead trim. Next to a roaring fire on ...
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20th Century American Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage English Leather Wingback Chesterfield Chair with Thumbtacks
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful brown English leather Chesterfield wingback chair. This item is located at our 149 Madison Avenue, New York, NY location.
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Late 20th Century British Wingback Chairs

Pair of Vintage French Rococo Style Wingback Bergere Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of alluring Vintage French wingback Bergere chairs in the Rococo taste, circa 1930s, decorated in its original distressed and gilt frame, the domed back with shell crest conform...
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Vintage 1930s French Rococo Wingback Chairs

Vintage Red Leather Wingback Armchair
Located in Round Top, TX
Whether you are ready to read a good book or smoke a cigar, this chair invites one to sit back, relax and reflect. The 1920s era still lingers here, and beckons to you as well. This ...
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Early 20th Century Danish Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

  • Vintage Red Leather Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Red Leather Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Red Leather Wingback Armchair
  • Vintage Red Leather Wingback Armchair
H 44 in. W 27.75 in. D 29 in.
Vintage English Wingback Leather Armchair
Located in Chicago, IL
This Classic red leather wingback chair is raised on squat cabriole legs, which terminate in rounded feet. A row of tightly-placed brass studs adds interest to the chair's back and s...
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Mid-20th Century English Wingback Chairs

Materials

Sheepskin

  • Vintage English Wingback Leather Armchair
  • Vintage English Wingback Leather Armchair
  • Vintage English Wingback Leather Armchair
  • Vintage English Wingback Leather Armchair
H 37.5 in. W 33 in. D 36 in.
Chesterfield Leather Wingback Chair Brown One-Seat Couch Vintage Retro
Located in Cologne, DE
Brown colored original Chesterfield leather wingback chair in a vintage design, made for pure comfort and elegance.
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20th Century British Chesterfield Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Midcentury Regency Style Faux Bamboo Boho Cane Wingback Chairs
By Lewittes Furniture Enterprises
Located in Southampton, NJ
Regency style vintage faux bamboo wood frame wingback chairs with nicely scalloped crests and unusual full body caning. New designer textured Keith Haring style upholstery. The chair...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Wingback Chairs

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Faux Bamboo, Cane, Polyester, Cotton

Vintage Harrods London Oversized Brown Leather Wingback Office Captains Chair
By Art Forma, Harrods
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Art Forma for Harrods London hand dyed brown leather oversized wingback office chair. A very good looking well made and comfortabl...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Brass

Beautiful Design Vintage Leather Wingback Chair with Small Wings & Great Patina
Located in Lisse, NL
Wonderful and highly stylish sheepleather chair for relaxing. The rare shape, the comfortable seating and the beautiful patina made us want to acquire this fine sheepleather wingb...
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Mid-20th Century European Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vintage English George III Style Upholstered Wingback Chair, 20th Century
Located in Big Flats, NY
A vintage English George III style wingback fireside arm chair offers scroll form arms, shaped seat and raised on carved mahogany cabriole legs having stylized acanthus knees and pad...
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20th Century English George III Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Vintage Wade Chesterfield Captains Wingback Office Chair Hand Dyed Brown Leather
By Wade Furniture Co.
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original Wade upholstery Chesterfield aged brown leather wingback captain’s office directors chairs This is pretty much the most com...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Leather

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Vintage Wingback Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the vintage wingback chair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A vintage wingback chair — often made from wood, animal skin and leather — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without a vintage wingback chair — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A vintage wingback chair is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Georgian and Victorian styles are sought with frequency. A well-made vintage wingback chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Paolo Buffa, Chesterfield and Adrian Pearsall are consistently popular.

How Much is a Vintage Wingback Chair?

The average selling price for a vintage wingback chair at 1stDibs is $2,476, while they’re typically $495 on the low end and $14,156 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Wingback Chairs for You

They may not offer structural support, but the wings on antique and vintage wingback chairs certainly do have a purpose or did, when the design was first conceived in England in the 1600s.

Back then, the armchair protrusions were meant to protect the sitter from drafts and from the strong heat radiating from the large fireplaces that were popular at the time. This explains why the wingback is so strongly associated with cozying up by the fireplace.

Although the functional aspect of a wingback may be obsolete in the 21st century, the chairs have maintained their popularity over the years and have seen waves of revivals, from mid-century modern spinoffs to playful contemporary adaptations (like the Bear chair by Pierre Yovanovitch, wherein the place of wings are furry ears — a cheeky send-up of Hans Wegner’s iconic mid-century Papa Bear chair).

Shop the most innovative versions of wingback chairs today on 1stDibs.