Chiavari Chairs are a type of Balloon-Backed Chair. The design was based on the Louis XV panel-back side chair – without the back upholstery.
Some of these balloon-backed chairs were even made out of papier-mâché. Queen Victoria, the Crown Prince Friedrich and even Napoleon III and his fashionable wife Eugénie had the Chiavari chairs at St.-Cloud and Fontainebleau had one of these chairs in their estates.
The chair jumped from the dining room to the ballroom – and has become the classic wedding chair.