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Furniture Style Glossary: Chair Back


Chair Back

Balloon
Balloon-shaped chair back, rounded at the top and tapering to the seat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Victorian
  • Art Nouveau

Banister
Three to six vertical turned slats in the shape of a baluster, flat on the front and round on the back.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Sheraton

Bentwood
Curved pieces of wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Art Nouveau

Crossbar
X-shaped splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Duncan Phyfe

Crosspiece
Single flat vertical slat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire

Fiddleback
Fiddle or vase-shaped central splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Federal
  • American Empire

Ladderback or Slatback
Equally spaced horizontal flat slats, either straight or curved.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale
  • Shaker
  • Arts and Craft

Lattice
Openwork or decorative carving of crossed strips of wood.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Sheraton

Lyre
Lyre-shaped central splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Duncan Phyfe

Oval
Oval shaped chair back often with central splat

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite

Pierced
Carved or pierced central splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale

Rectangular or Square
Rectilinear design with a solid or central splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Federal
  • Sheraton

Scroll
Curved X-shaped splat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Duncan Phyfe

Shield
Shield-shaped chair back.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite

Solid
One piece or solid panel chair back.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • American Empire
  • Arts and Craft

Spindle
Simple turned vertical slats.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Colonial
  • Arts and Craft

Stile and Panel
Wood or cane back panel framed between two straight or turned stiles.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • William and Mary

Top Rail
Simple, flat horizontal top rail.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Turned
Vertical turnings. The Carver design has a single row of turnings and the Brewster design has a double row of turnings.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American

Urn
Central splat is urn-shaped.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Sheraton

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