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Wingback Chairs
by Giorgi Bros. | Nov 12, 2012

The Wingback chair dates back to 17th century England.  Arranged around the hearth, the high back and sides were designed to retain the heat from the fire and protect the sitter from draughts.

Wingback Chair 18th Century England (used with high back and seat cushions)

An early design of the wingback chair depicted in Jakob Jordaens’, As the Old Sang, So the Young Pipe (1638-40)

View a photo timeline of the Wingback chair from 1700-1858

By the 18th century, wingback chairs were fully upholstered, often stuffed with horsehair for added comfort.  Both the French and English designed variations on the original design. In France, the bergère retained much of the design of the wingback but featured a flat back and much deeper and wider seat for lounging.  

Bergère chair from France

In England, William Chippendale, a famous cabinet-maker and furniture designer, added elegant frames with oversized wings and scrolling arms in carved wood to complement the upholstery.

The wingback chair came to the Americans in the 18th century.  Today's wingback chairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all inspired by the classic design.

Wingback Chairs on the Giorgi Bros. Furniture Showroom

The Garbo Wing Chair by Bentley-Churchill

310 Chair by Burton James

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