An Upholsterer’s Dilemma: Picking Fabric for Antique Chairs

A Pair of George III Mahogany Side Chairs attributed to Vile & Cobb from Hagley Hall Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A Pair of George III Mahogany Side Chairs attributed to Vile & Cobb from Hagley Hall
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Sometimes, though not often, antique chairs retain their original upholstery: the Warwick Castle armchairs and Newhailes library chairs are two notable exceptions.

When the time comes to choose fresh upholstery for antique chairs, there are a number of options to pick from, including silk damask, velvet (either plain or cut velvet), patterned silk, or needlework, to name a few.  All of these textiles were used on 18th century chairs, so using them today is in keeping with a traditional style.  Have a look through some of the chairs currently in our collection for upholstery inspiration.

A Pair of George III Giltwood Armchairs attributed to Mayhew & Ince Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A Pair of George III Giltwood Armchairs attributed to Mayhew & Ince in Chocolate Silk Damask Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A Pair of George III Mahogany Side Chairs attributed to Vile & Cobb from Hagley Hall Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A Pair of George III Mahogany Side Chairs attributed to Vile & Cobb from Hagley Hall in Yellow Linen Weave 
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A Pair of George I Seaweed Marquetry Side Chairs Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A Pair of George I Seaweed Marquetry Side Chairs in Green Silk Velvet 
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A George I Gilt Gesso Settee Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A George I Gilt Gesso Settee in Period 18th Century French Silk Damask 
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A Set of Four George III Mahogany Armchairs attributed to John Cobb

A Set of Four George III Mahogany Armchairs attributed to John Cobb in a Patterned Silk 
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