Antique Slipper Chairs
Brief history and description
A Victorian-style slipper chair tends to feature a more square-shaped seat, a Gothic-Revival slipper chair (circa 1840 to 1860) is usually thin and has a conical back, while a Queen Anne slipper chair (circa early 18th century) typically features an upholstered seat and back with cabriolet legs and padded feet.
Other popular styles of antique slipper chairs include the Rococo or Louis XV Revival (circa 1845 to 1865), the Louis XVI Revival (1860s), the Renaissance Revival (1850 to 1875), the Greco-Egyptian Revival (1860 to 1890) and the Eastlake design (1870 to 1900).
Guide for collectors
Children's sized slipper chairs or John Belter's Victorian-style rosewood slipper chairs are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable. Pairs of slipper chairs or slipper chairs that are part of a matching set are considered to be more valuable.
Restoration of an antique slipper chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique slipper chair may decrease its value.
For more information regarding antique slipper chairs, visit The World of Slipper Chairs.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a pair of Louis XVI-style Jansen slipper chairs with tapered and fluted legs for $100,000 in September of 2007.
Showplace Antique + Design Center in New York sold an American aesthetic giltwood slipper chair (circa 1880s) for $2,000 in November of 2007.
Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a Victorian Rococo laminated slipper chair (circa mid-1800s) for $2,100 in January of 2008, and Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold a Victorian walnut Rococo slipper chair (circa 1850) for $325 in June of 2007.
Showplace Antique + Design Center in New York sold a Victorian slipper chair with a pink floral upholstery for $100 in June of 2007, and another Victorian slipper chair with the same floral design for $175 in April of 2007.
Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach, Florida sold a gilded French slipper chair with a striped upholstery design for $125 in March of 2009.
B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a Louis XV-style slipper chair (circa 20th century) for $30 in March of 2011.