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Do you intend to furnish your house with William IV dining room chairs? Like other William IV furniture pieces, the chairs have distinct characteristics. They stand out from the previous Regency period (which ended in 1830) and the succeeding Victorian period (which began in 1837). To help you identify a genuine William IV chair, we are going to share with you the features that distinguish them. Read on.
1. The Hardware
(Above photo - William IV Dining Table Mahogany Extending Antique 19th Century )
Like other antique chairs, William IV Dining room chairs had some hardware types. Since they were made between 1830 and 1837, the chairs should have bronze or brass embellishments. At that time, designers were trying to revive the defunct Rococo and Gothic styles. As such, some chairs could have gild decorations.
2. Emblems and Motifs
Having borrowed heavily from Chippendale designers, furniture makers during the William IV period included large emblems and motifs. A lot of work went into carving the logos and themes into the chairs. It was not uncommon to find mythological creatures, trophies, lions, torches, crowns, and laurel leaves, carved into the furniture.
3. The Legs
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Like chairs made during the Chippendale period, those from the William IV period had cabriole legs. Characteristically, cabriole legs have outward-carving knees and inward curving ankles. At the base, the feet mostly featured lion paw carvings. However, you will rarely find genuine furniture from that period, given that only a few pieces survive. Most of those on the market were mass-produced much later than the 19th century. To be sure that a chair is genuine, look for the presence of the other features discussed here.
4. The Feet
The feet of chairs during the William IV period were very distinct from those of previous periods. During the regency period, the feet of furniture was mainly of animal shapes. The feet of dining chairs were mostly square, another feature that designers heavily borrowed from the Chippendale period. The name given to the feet of furniture pieces was “Marlborough feet.” They mainly supported straight standing Marlborough legs. On very few occasions, the feet had carvings of lion paws.
5. The Back
(Above photo - William IV Dining Table - Mahogany Extending 19th Century )
Since there are some confusing features, you can know a genuine William IV dining room chair by looking at the back. Most of the chairs from that period had intricate backs with Chinese, English, and Greek styles. Most of the details were in the form of delicate carvings meant to provide elaborate decoration. However, some chairs didn’t have backs. Instead, they had ballooning features for providing greater comfort.
(Above photo - William IV Dining Chairs - Antique Mahogany Set )
With the right chairs, you can easily recreate a William IV dining room in your home. Of course, you will have to buy a table from the same period to complete the look. Various options are available in antique shops near you. You can visit our shop for options concerning the chairs and tables to transform your dining room into a mid-19th century space. We have all the kinds of antiques you can use to furnish your home.
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