Antique Windsor Chairs
Antique Windsor chairs originate from an English town called Windsor and were first produced in the early-eighteenth century.
History & Description
Unlike the standard chairs of that time, Windsor chairs were built with a solid wooden seat into which the legs and the back of the chair were pushed through drilled holes. Traditionally, the back of the Windsor chair was curved and featured a number of spindles.
As a general rule, older Windsor chairs have more spindles. Additionally, the base of the seat was often carved into a shallow groove for comfort.
Guide to collectors
Windsor chairs are some of the most versatile and popular types of furniture and have been in constant production for over three-hundred years. This means that collectors can enjoy a wide range of possibilities from a number of online sources and dealers.
Antique Windsor chairs are frequently sold on online bidding sites, such as eBay, and prices tend to range from $300 to $600. On February 13th 2012, an antique Windsor chair, circa 1880, was sold on eBay for $719.58.
Collectors can also find a good variety of antique Windsor chairs at international auction houses, such as Bonhams and Christie’s.
Collectors should be wary that most antique Windsor chairs will have at some point been repainted. While well-intentioned restoration or future repainting may seem like a good idea, this will significantly diminish an items’ value.
In September 2011, a pair of George III yew and elm Windsor chairs, circa 1870, realised a price of £3,125 through Sotheby’s, London.
In April 2011, a harlequin set of eleven yew and elm Windsor chairs, made in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, realised a price of £5,000 through Sotheby’s, London.
In January 2012 at Bonhams in Chester, a rare George III yew shawl-back Windsor armchair, with the maker’s initials JB and made in the Thames Valley, was sold for £1,250.
In June 2000, a set of eight yew and elm Windsor chairs, made in the Thames Valley in the early-nineteenth century, realised a price of £32,900 through Christie’s, London.
In June 2001, at Christie’s in London, a yew and mahogany Windsor armchair, made in either London or the Thames valley in the late-nineteenth century, realised a price of £10,575.