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( Above Photo: Set 16 Mahogany Dining Chairs Prince of Wales Diners )
Are you looking for a way to give your dining room a fresh, new look? Well, get yourself some Prince of Wales dining chairs. Created by Thomas Sheraton in the late 18th century and early 19th century, these chairs have a unique design that makes them stand out in any space.
The dining chairs have an upholstered seat and a curved back with a shield in the middle. If you’re not sitting in one of these chairs, you would want to gaze at it to take in the intricate design used to make it.
Here are some of the unique features of Prince of Wales dining chairs:
( Above Photo: Vintage Luggage Trunk Steamer Case Prince of Wales )
Like most of his other furniture pieces, Sheraton used beech, satinwood, and mahogany to make Prince of Wales dining chairs. The dark woods created a perfect background against which he would apply contrasting inlays and veneers. Decorative elements on the dining chairs involved rosewood, ash, birch, and tulipwood.
In making Prince of Wales dining chairs, Sheraton favored straight legs, which were tapered in some instances. For dining chairs, the back legs would be splayed. Instead of the square legs used by designers from the past, Sheraton chose round legs with reeded edges to imitate classical Greek and Roman columns. In some cases, Sheraton used stretchers to join the legs.
Another distinct feature of the dining chairs was simple tapered arrow feet, cylindrical feet, or rectangular spade feet.
A typical Prince of Wales dining chair has an upholstered seat designed to make you comfortable when having meals. While some of the chairs had no armrests, other designs feature armrests. The backrest has a chinoiserie-like carving designed to leave a shield in the middle. It curves inward to make its users more comfortable.
( Above Photo: Mahogany Regency Dining Table Set Prince of Wales Chairs )
Several features appeared on dining chairs and all the other furniture pieces designed by Sheraton. Most of the time, the furniture would have low-relief carvings, intricate patterns, detailed veneers, and marquetry. While some chairs were painted, others were japanned.
Sheraton employed common motifs in making the carvings, including flowers, urns, feathers, fans, ribbons, lyres, and swags. There were also urns, rosettes, stamped plates, and lion’s heads on the hardware pieces.
The dining room is the prominent place you would think of putting a Prince of Wales dining chair. If you have a complete set of these chairs, don’t hesitate to put them around your dining table. However, they can also serve as accent chairs.
For example, you can put one or two dining chairs in your bedroom to provide extra sitting space. In some cases, you can use it as a small desk to carry a stack of books or clothes. Besides, a dining chair can perfectly pair up with a working desk and serve you well in your home office. You only need to exercise your imagination to know where you can use a dining chair.
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