Elaine Phillips Antiques: Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

A History of seating through the Ages.


The online catalogue which we have compiled aims to show part of our current stock which demonstrates areas of the history of various forms of seating:-

  • The use of a wide variety of woods - Oak, Pine, Beech, Walnut, Ash, Elm and simulated Rosewood.
  • The introduction of painted surfaces which can be seen on the Dutch Armchair showing rural and maritime scenes, the original paint surface of the pair of French Fauteuils and the painted simulation of Rosewood on the bobbin turned caned armchair.
  • Styles of decoration seen in the elaborate set of Carolean Walnut chairs with their ‘Boyes and Crowne’ carving, floral and foliate to the use in the different areas of the country of Windsor Chair designs, identified with differing back splats, leg and arm turnings. The latter form of chairs is a fascinating one – each component of a Windsor chair, slightly different. A comprehensive reference book – The English Regional Chair by Bernard D Cotton  - details all the known makers and regional styles of these chairs.
  • The simplicity and restraint shown in the box settle, stick back Windsor and the Shaker style chairs.
  • The introduction of cane work as seen on the set of four Carolean chairs and in a later period - the simulated Rosewood chair.
  • Upholstery - French needlework panels of the pair of Fauteuils to utilitarian fabrics of library and armchairs.


See the catalogue online here.

For further information, contact Louise Phillips of Elaine Phillips Antiques at 07710 793753

United Kingdom