Wing Armchair from Acorn Antiques

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Acorn Antiques, 39 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset. About Us

The new architecture of the 18th Century came from the south of Europe: high ceilings and large rooms were largely new to Northern Europe. In England, in particular, the cool, wet winters produced draughty houses and innovations in furniture to help solve the problem. One result was the wing chair. These high-backed chairs, with wings to buffer draughts, were wide and comfortable, upholstered in needlepoint or leather. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the seats were square and deep, with arms almost flush at the front. After about 1710, the arms grew shorter to accommodate the fashions of the day. Eighteenth century chairs are characterized by the sweep of the frame to the legs. Early legs were plain. After about 1720-30, carving to the knee of the cabriolet became common, and pad feet were replaced with ball and claw types. Stretchers between the legs disappeared about the same time.

To purchase a Wing Armchair or make enquiries phone Peter or Maggie on 01398 323286 or email

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