Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 19:36:16 PM. Balloon Chair. By Ernest Barnier.
Armless upholstered chairs have been in existence for quite some time. Indeed, the practice of padding or upholstering chairs dates back to the 16th century when they were used by the wealthy as a symbol of their affluence and luxury. Armless upholstered chairs also followed this development closely and have been in use since then. Armless upholstered chairs present several advantages or benefits that give them favorable consideration.
Australian chairs followed the designs of their European counterparts very closely, the major distinguishing factor being that our local cedar timber was not as hard or as tight grained as the mahogany used in England, and was prone to breaking through the short grain of the back legs or in the shallow turnings and tenons. Bearing these problems in mind, cedar chairs will often have larger proportions to allow for the lesser structural properties, and most examples show considerable wear to the legs, especially the front pair. Fine quality examples of Australian cedar chairs are made of select cuts of cedar utilising the closest and straightest grained timbers for strength and also for their similarity to mahogany. There was quite a prestige associated with being able to afford goods from abroad, primarily England.
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