Lots of chairs means you’re rich

I loved doing my furniture research.  I had no idea that in the late 17th century, there was seldom more than one chair in a house and that was usually reserved for the master of the household.  The rest of the family and servants were relegated to benches, upholstered or hard wood depending upon their station.

Later in the 18th century, chairs were no lo longer considered a seat of special honour, so chairs appear to mirror the progress of women in society.  So, Emily’s house will have lots of chairs.

Amongst my Trade Me buys, was a Chippendale bench, a little larger than a footstool in length and height.  These benches were quite popular, usually of Chippendale or Queen Anne design but over time they were replaced by chairs and the benches were then used primarily in bedrooms and hallways, usually used only when all the chairs were occupied.

Most of these benches were upholstered or decorated with needlework and the legs varied from very plain straight legs, to more ornate cabriole style – which is the one I have.  The upholstery was blue, but I decided to change it to red as this one was destined for Emily’s study.


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