A Mid Nineteenth Century Child’s Chair

Origination: English
Circa: 1850

This charming high chair has a turned and reeded baluster head-rail above a padded back with arms terminating in lion-masks above a padded seat with show-wood seat-rail supported on turned and reeded splayed legs with stretcher and foot-rest.

The earliest references to child’s chairs occur in Tudor house inventories which list furniture made specifically for children. The initial forms of this type of chair were constructed from oak and were modelled upon the design of fashionable adult chairs. The wood and designs employed in making child’s chairs changed according to period preference with examples surviving in walnut, mahogany and even in inlaid versions.