Sets of Antique Dining Chairs began life at the mid to end of the 18th Century, when Robert Adam, George Hepplewhite, Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale started producing their designs and publishing them into books for Cabinet makers. These books were widely used throughout the UK, meaning cabinet makers across the country could copy from these unique catalogues, making beautiful antique dining chairs. The first catalogue was published in 1754 and was called ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director’ by Chippendale. This displayed good English designs with French Rocco and Gothic influences. Cabinet makers started creating sets of antique chairs using these same designs but also adding their own influences and this is why there is such a good variety of antique chairs in Britain from these periods. Timbers from Good English Oak to imported Cuban Mahogany was used in their construction usually with upholstered seats. The Edwardian and Victorian dining chairs were still very similar looking with the same influences used, although they also looked at adding more comfort, by adding curved backs and padded upholstered seats. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.