George Williams Antiques

The Antique Chair | February 2022

295.00

(4 customer reviews)
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE! (NORMALLY €350)

COMMENCING 2 FEBRUARY 2022

Fully Booked!

Commencing 2nd February 2022

A Course in Understanding, Appreciation & Conservation

These are exciting times at GWA as we’re delighted to announce our first online antique course for antique-lovers globally.

Developed from our hugely popular antique furniture restoration courses in Ireland, this practical and unique course in antique chair appreciation and restoration covers the periods from Queen Anne beginning in 1701 right up to the Victorian era ending in 1901.

Your Course Director George Williams brings you on a wonderful illustrated tour through time, discussing the style and history of antique chairs, and using real examples from each period, he deals with everything from joints to conservation methods and gives you real insights into a dealer’s vision and how to spot quality and avoid mistakes!

This course is open to professionals, beginners and antique lovers of all levels.


The course is divided into six evening classes with one each week lasting approximately two hours.

2 February | 9 February | 16 February | 23 February | 2 March | 9 March


Places on this course are limited.

  • The course is held over a series of six evenings, one per week over six weeks. The course is interactive, held online with George and Maggy present, which gives you the best of all worlds and the opportunity at all stages to ask questions and participate as much or as little as you wish.
  • During the course you will understand the history and styles of chairs through the classic periods and be able to recognise key features from each era. You will learn how these chairs would have originally been used, and how they would have looked in the rooms for which they were originally designed. You’ll learn to spot quality, and which pieces have investment potential. You will learn the techniques, skills and knowledge to conserve, maintain and care for antique chairs from all periods.
  • George is passionate about chairs and he’ll teach you all he has learned throughout his many years’ experience. You’ll learn through his eyes, the eyes of professional furniture restorer and dealer, what to invest in and what to avoid.
  • You’ll be able to recognise the difference between reproduction and the real thing and understand what’s hot and what’s not! George will also take you behind the scenes at auction and show you show to spot a bargain! He’ll bring you inside his workshop and you will learn how to take that bargain antique you’ve just bought and turn it into a piece of real quality and beauty.
  • A unique course feature will allow you to send in images or video of your chair of choice and George will give you personal conservation tips, valuations and you can even show off chairs you’ve already restored!
Register Your Interest to receive a link for our Course Brochure (pdf download)

4 reviews for The Antique Chair | February 2022

  1. Grace Claydon (verified owner)

    The Antique Chair is a wonderfully informative course. George and Maggy have a warm, informal style and are very generous with their expertise and knowledge. Anyone who has an interest in antiques, art or interiors will love the course. Highly recommend.

  2. Seamus

    This is an excellent introduction to the history and care of the antique chair. Two aspects I particularly liked were George’s practical demonstrations in his workshop and the illustration of the chairs in paintings of the period. George and Maggy are very generous with their knowledge and expertise and provide extensive notes. Highly recommended.

  3. Ruth Dunlop

    “During the winter of 2022, I attended George and Maggy Williams’ online course titled “Antique Chair Course”. It took place for two hours once a week, spread over six weeks. George and Maggy’s expertise and passion for their subject shone though every session. They willingly and enthusiastically answered all questions, no matter how basic. They supported their deep knowledge with detailed research and exhaustive notes, digital copies of which they made available to course participants each week. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in the creation, style, restoration and maintenance of antique chairs made between late Stuart (1702) through to Victorian (1901) times.”
    Ruth Dunlop
    March 2022

  4. Nicole Dunphy (verified owner)

    The Antique Chair Course is a really brilliant introduction into the world of Antique Furniture which can be quite bewildering. It covers the main historical periods, touches on restoration, buying at auction and of course style.
    But, what makes it outstanding is George and Maggy’s personal enthusiasm and unending willingness to help and inform.
    They managed to create a warm ‘family’ atmosphere in an online format, which is something quite rare.
    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to anyone. This is such a worthwhile area to gain knowledge in, as well as being a highly enjoyable experience.
    I look forward to signing up for future courses from George Williams Antiques.
    Nicole Dunphy

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