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Take A Seat: A Global Collection of Antique Chairs

Thonet child"s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900.  Width: 15-1/2"    Depth: 18"    Height: 27"

Thonet child’s chair, beechwood and cane, Vienna, circa 1900. Width: 15-1/2″    Depth: 18″    Height: 27″ Burke’s Antiques.

With summer home decoration in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at our galleries’ fantastic collection of antique and vintage seating furniture. Taken together, it’s a fascinating picture of the opulent, playful, daring ways to engage in that most common of human activities: sitting down. See more chairs from around the world here.

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Moroccan wood arm chair, carved with arabic text and inlaid with mother of pearl, circa 1890. Height: 40″    Width: 23″     Depth: 22-1/2″ Robin’s Antiques

Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Elm wood windsor chair, England, circa 1770. Robert Lloyd.

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria.  Height: 42-3/8"

Late 19th century chair, pierced and inlaid wood, Syria. Height: 42-3/8″ Palmyra Heritage

Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45" Width: 17" Depth: 42"Mermaid Chair, Bozo Fishin Tribe, Mali. Height: 45″ Width: 17″ Depth: 42″ Hemingway African Gallery.

Upholstered Empire a rmchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century.  Height: 36"    Width: 25"    Depth: 23"

Upholstered Empire armchair, light mahogany, gilt bronze mounts, France, 19th Century. Height: 36″    Width: 25″    Depth: 23″ Intertrus

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5" Height: 38" Width: 19.75"

Polished steel lounge chair, custom made for Hermes of Paris, French circa 1990. Length: 58.5″  Height: 38″  Width: 19.75″ Paul Stamati

ronwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42"

Ironwood chair, carved with World Cup Soccer and animal motifs, dated 2010, South Africa. Height: 42″. Hemingway African Gallery

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53"    Length: 77"

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53″    Length: 77″ F&P Associates

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45"

Khatam-work arm chairs.  Inlaid wood, Iran, 19th century. Height: 45″ Anavian Gallery

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief"s chair. Height: 5ft   Width: 20"

Congo wood and old Obi Kuba textile chief”s chair.Height: 5ft   Width: 20″ Hemingway Gallery

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs. Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze "shoe" at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5"

Jules Leleu 5 piece upholstered set comprising of a sofa, two club chairs and two armchairs.  Oak with bronze sabots (gilt bronze “shoe” at the bottom of the furniture) and Aubusson upholstery, French, circa 1940. Height: 33.5″ Paul Stamati

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1760. Height: 40 inches   Width: 25 inches

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850. Overall height: 47"  Width: 21"  Depth: 21"

Important pair of Italian baroque-style side chairs, ebonized with pietra dura panels, circa 1850.Overall height: 47″  Width: 21″  Depth: 21″ Alexanders Antiques

his striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches

This striking pair of antique decorative armchairs hail from South China, 19th century, Ching Dynasty.  They are made of carved hardwood, with marble, stone insets and are inlaid with mother of pearl. Height: 38 inches   Depth: 18 inches   Width: 24 inches P.M. Tung Arts

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25"  Width: 31.5"  Depth: 31.5"

Art Deco Armchair by Sue et Mare, mahogany frame with green leather back and suedette upholstery, France, circa 1925. Height: 36.25″  Width: 31.5″  Depth: 31.5″ Paul Stamati Gallery

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42"    Width: 24"

Contemporary Ogoni tribe beaded chair from Nigeria.  The design featuring wildlife, masks and geometrical patterns. Height: 42″    Width: 24″ Hemingway African Gallery

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940"s. Height: 43"

Pair of Belgian burlwood and mahogany Art Deco chairs by De Coene Frères, circa 1940″s. Height: 43″ Paul Stamati

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2".

Pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs, late 19th century. Seat Height: 19 1/2″. Dragon Treasures Ltd.