I was trying to describe this.

At one time these type of chairs were ubiquitous. Now I rarely see them. Back in the day they were one of the most comfortable chairs around. Weren’t these the chairs in old TV court room dramas that attorneys sat at? (Photo link.)

 

 

 

How would you describe this chair in words alone?

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  1. I believe the style, with the arms wrapping all the way around so that the supporting spindles can be placed at the back is called a Windsor Chair.

     

    19th Century Windsor Chair - Antiques Atlas

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  2. In your picture, you can see the slight ridge in the wood of the seat, to show the space between the sitter’s legs.   We can’t see, too well, the slight buttock-shaped indentations at the back of the seat.

    At the Barnes Foundation collection in Philadelphia, there is a beautiful example of this style of chair, with the indentations particularly pronounced, and it’s displayed beneath a painting of a voloptuous nude, who looks like she might slip out of the canvas and settle her huge derrière comfortably into the chair, a perfect fit!

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  3. Hypatia:
    In your picture, you can see the slight ridge in the wood of the seat, to show the space between the sitter’s legs.   We can’t see, too well, the slight buttock-shaped indentations at the back of the seat.

    At the Barnes Foundation collection in Philadelphia, there is a beautiful example of this style of chair, with the indentations particularly pronounced, and it’s displayed beneath a painting of a voloptuous nude, who looks like she might slip out of the canvas and settle her huge derrière comfortably into the chair, a perfect fit!

    I think they call that the “saddle”, Hyp.

    I wonder how much one of these would cost on  Amazon.

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  4. I thought ‘captain’s chair’ right away. The spindles down the back look a little like American Craftsmen style, it might be a design from that era (1910s-20s).

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  5. Pencilvania:
    I thought ‘captain’s chair’ right away. The spindles down the back look a little like American Craftsmen style, it might be a design from that era (1910s-20s).

    BTW Pencil, what type of chair do you rest your eraser in?

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