History Lesson: The Wing Chair
The Wing Chair first emerged in the 17th Century in England and can be characterized by a high back and “wings” that project out, rising up from the arms and joining the back. The Wing Chair is also referred to as the fireside chair because its emergence came about to capture the heat from the fireplace around the user. These chairs were typically upholstered to comfortably seat a person for long periods of time.
Above: Circa 1755, England. One of the earliest examples of the Wing Chair.
Though we are no longer dependent on our fireplaces as the main source of heat in the house, the Wing Chair has withstood the test of time and still remains to be a common and recognizable piece of household furniture. Have a look at how this chair has transformed over the years.
Above: Circa 1880, England. George I style leather Wingback Chair.
Above: Circa 1900, England. Chippendale design Wing Chair.
Above: Circa 1910, France. Louis XVI style Winged Bergere.
Above: Circa 1920, England. George II design Wing Chair.
Above: Circa 1920, France. Louis XV Style Wing Back Fauteuil
Above: Circa 1930, France. Louis XV Style Wingback Caned Bergère
Above: Circa 1940, France. Louis XV Style Barrel Chair.
Above: Circa 1940, Denmark. Danish Open Armchair.
Above: Circa 1950, Italy. Designer Vito Latis.
Above: Circa 1960, Scandinavia. Designer Arne Jacobsen. Egg Chair.
Above: Circa 1970, United States. Wing Chairs in cream silk damask.
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