Relevant categories: Seating and Chairs,Dining Chairs
(Above photo - Set Victorian Salon Chairs - 8 Walnut Dining Chair )
The Victorian salon chair is designed to bring out the best of the late 19th century. It usually has an elaborate finish that encapsulates the vintage Victorian style. For the novice buyers, identifying a salon chair from that era might not be easy. However, since the chairs made in the Victorian age have similar characteristics, we want to point you in the right direction concerning that. The following are some of the features to look out for when buying a Victorian salon chair.
1. Main Features
Victorian chairs have intricate carvings of floral patterns, curved lines, leafy patterns, and other natural images. Yet, that style was also common in the art nouveau style that comes much later. When determining a Victorian chair, check for lines and angular shapes together with elaborate carvings. A Victorian salon chair would have a straight shape and curves on the back of the seat and the legs.
2. Materials and Wood
(Above photo - Pair Antique Walnut French Salon Chairs Arm Chair 1870 )
Victorian chairs have tassels, embossing, and layers of wood and other materials. The emphasis was on the details and texture. Even though markedly similar to Art nouveau, Victorian chairs would be different when it comes to that aspect. So, when looking for a Victorian salon chair, dwell more on the presence of fancy carving and tassels.
The most common woods used to make Victorian chairs included mahogany, walnut, and rosewood. So, anything featuring these woods is likely to be an original Victorian chair. However, there are several replicas with other materials that have been stained to give an impression of the original woods. If you want a modern salon chair designed in the Victorian style, you may come across one made in various materials. Examples include steel, black forest, chrome, and vinyl with diamond patterns.
(Above photo - Victorian Balloon Back Arm Chair - Leather Seat Deep Button 1880 )
Vintage Victorian salon chairs may have plush, luxurious materials as part of their upholstery. In most cases, designers used lush, rich, and dark colors to make upholstery. They would use different colors and patterns to create an elaborate accented background. In most cases, the furniture also has embellishments and tassels.
Identifying a Victorian Salon Chair
(Above photo - Pair of Victorian Walnut His and Hers Salon Chairs. Circa 1860 )
If you want to quickly identify a Victorian salon chair, you may want to grab a book and look for the key features. When you have a picture of the chair in mind, it will be easier for you to pick the right one. You may want to know how chairs looked like during the several sub-periods of the era. When you need the furniture in-store, you would know you are about to buy the real thing. If you don’t have a book, ask a friend or family member to help you identify the right one.
Where Would You Use An Antique Victorian Chair?
(Above photo - French Gilt Salon Chair Armchair Fauteuil Circa 1930 )
You should use an antique Victorian chair in a beauty salon. Your clients would sit on the chair and you would go-ahead to work on their hair. Even though not obvious, having such a chair in your salon would add value to your business. If not for your good services, customers would come to your salon just because of the types of chairs you have.
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