Monday, July 18, 2011

More on hall chairs

Hall chairs come up at auction regularly, and I love the chic masculine design. They are a versatile addition to a room.

Homes and Gardens, UK

In this serenely decorated living room, a smart hall chair with shield is  placed in front of the French doors. It adds decoration to the scheme, and is handy extra seating as well.

 Designer: Nina Griscom via Luxury Interior Design blog

Hall chairs in the hallway - imagine that! The shape of the backs on these used by Nina Griscom gives them added interest. Note all the classic elements in this decor - the urn on the Neoclassical console table, the framed portrait profiles of Roman emperors, and a bit of fun added with the zebra carpet.

Elle Decor - Designer: Todd Romano

The designer, Todd Romano, has a hall chair peeking in to this living room, adding to the overall room decor. It's also an easy thing to pull in to the room for extra seating as needed. 

Designer: Thomas Jayne Studio

This country hall designed by Thomas Jayne Studio exudes English design. I can see the person who just came in from a ride sitting on one of these hall chairs and taking off her boots. I love the green walls as well!

This pair of Regency (circa 1820) mahogany hall chairs sold at a Christie's auction in New York for $1,063 off an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200. This shape is similar to some of the chairs in the photos above. The curves give them a lot of decorative interest.

I love the almost whimsical carved back of this hall chair that sold at Bonhams in Los Angeles for $244. It's a late Regency (early 19th century) mahogany chair. The back almost looks like a smile! Wouldn't that be fun to come home to.

This pair of William IV-Style Mahogany Hall Chairs, each with a scrolling modified shield-form back above the wooden seat were sold at a St. Charles Gallery auction in New Orleans for $246 off an auction estimate of $200 - $200. They have interestingly shaped backs and carving.

I like these Victorian oak hall chairs for their color and the family crests on the back of the rectangular backs topped by rounded scrolling. The crests for the West family of griffin's heads issuing from coronets are flanked by shaped rectangular panels. These sold at a Bonhams auction in London for the US equivalent of about $1,920.

Hall chairs may not be the first thing you think of when decorating your home, but they are very nice decorative elements to have. Think of them as extra seating, a great place to take off wet shoes in the entry hall, or even as a spare table to place towels on in the bathroom with you have guests. Keep an eye out, and find one you like. There will be a place for it in your home!

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