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List of chairs

The following is a partial list of chair types, with internal or external cross-references about most of the chairs.


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Ladder-back chairs are also known as slat-back chairs. They were produced in a great variety of styles, ranging from three rungs to seven rungs. They first appeared between 1700 and 1720 and have been a staple item ever since. -Those with plain turned back legs and posts are of the Pennsylvania type. -Slat designs usually include: 1) curved laterally to conform to the back of the sitter, 2) laterally curved and also shaped in a number of ways: arched, wavy, in double waves, in cyma curves, and in the form of dolphins, head to head. Source: Hornung, C. (1950). Treasury of American Design. New York: Publication Fund, National Gallery of Art

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