Please be Seated.

January 24, 2017

Please be Seated.

There is no other item in a decorative scheme or as a collecting subject that says more about a period or a certain style than the Chair.

Here at Top banana there are many shapes, styles and periods to choose from, either to fill an odd corner in a hall or bedroom, or as a set around a dining table.

The Chair can have many interesting stories around it's origin and making. The most British form of chair is of course the Windsor chair, familiar to everyone.  These were made all over the country, most having distinctive regional signatures, such as the turning of the spindles and legs, this can identify a north country chair from one made in the Thames Valley.

Many styles have over the years built a romantic history of their own, one of those is the so called 'Trafalgar' chair from the Regency period  Usually the finest have 'sabre' legs, the one thing in common is the rope twist design on the back rail making one think of a naval theme.  As the design was first produced around the time of the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 the name has stuck ever since.

Leather has long been used as an upholstery material, evocative of the Library or Gentleman's club atmosphere, particularly attractive when used on a French style Bergere.chair combined with caned panels.

If space is limited then a great collecting subject is the child's chair. often a charming miniaturised version of the adult chair.

From a 17th century 'wainscot Chair to a  a 1960's Danish design dining suite there is a Chair for everyone.