About The Sergeant

Corner chairs, also commonly known as roundabouts, were often used in a corner or at a desk. They originated in England and were usually found in bed chambers, sitting rooms, dining rooms, or libraries. Men were the primary users of these chairs which were also known as smoking chairs, barber’s chairs and writing chairs.

Like so many fashions, roundabout chairs first became popular in England in the early 18th century. The majority were made from 1730 to the 1790s.

The original purpose of the corner chair has confused furniture historians and has never been clearly established. Some believe it originated as an accident by a careless or drunk worker. 

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries most furniture was placed against a wall so design and detail was emphasised on the front and sided of a piece. The early corner chairs have a plain back whilst the front leg or legs are well shaped or turned.

Our collection of antique corner chairs starts in the Arts and Crafts era where the styles are lightweight with rushed seats, turned bobbin arms and turned stretches. 

Be Inspired with out Pinterest board Antiques For The Bedroom