By W1D0D0. wingback-chairs. At Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 01:01:38 AM.
The wingback chair is a chair, which is usually fully upholstered, with wings rising up from the arm and joining the back at a 90-degree or wider angle. The original purpose for the wings were assumed to be to prevent drafts in old houses from reaching the upper body or to protect the delicate skin of gentrified ladies from the heat of a roaring fire in the hearth.
It has 4 cabriole legs which rest on padded feet and the shoulders of the chair are slightly drooping and curved. This is to emphasize the feminine form of the chair, rather than the King George wing back chairs which have squared shoulders! These chairs also typically have carved scroll motifs on the knees and the crest. Some of the chairs kept in museums which have been preserved since the royal days are actually gilded!.
Amongst the wide range of occasional chairs available today the wingback chair has perhaps the most enduring pedigree. Few people browsing for furniture for their home today realise that the wing chair has a history spanning hundreds of years.