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hall chair

Posted by bungalow975 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 9, 12 at 16:02

About ten years ago, a local antiques dealer/auctioneer appraised some of my mother's things. I am curious as to the accuracy his appraisal of a hall chair. He wrote: "English Georgian era side chair, mahogany, shaped back with corner rosettes, shaped seat, tapering reeded front legs, back with raised shield painted with Irish royal coat-of-arms, ca. 1830-1840, $450." Does this sound correct with respect to age and value? Does anyone know anything else about this type of chair and/or the coat-of-arms? I can't quite make out the word on the banner, but there appears to be an "S" below it. Would that be an individual family's coat-of-arms?


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RE: hall chair

It's not the "Irish Royal coat of Arms", it is the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. It was adopted in 1837, which sets a limit on age of chair.

See for an example

That style is often called a "hall chair" or "reception chair" has similarities in the legs.

the period seems to be correctly identified, but the value will have changed.

Where did your mother get the chair? If it has a solid "provenance" (history of who owned it and where it has been) it's worth more.

If you can get a better closeup of the arms, I might be able to narrow the possible sources of the chair for you. There are differences in the details depending on who is using them.

RE: hall chair

As Victoria came to the throne in 1837 (changing the Royal Coat of Arms to remove the Hanoverian escutcheon, to which as a female she was not entitled), anything after 1837 would be Early Victorian, not Georgian.

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