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Lot 0024
Beech, stained in walnut
Vienna, Austria 1904
Manufactured by Thonet (est. 1819 in Vienna) – One of the oldest family-owned furniture manufacturers in the world and producer of residential and commercial furniture of the highest quality since 1819
Produced by Bistritz Factory
Art Nouveau
Beautifully curved armrests
Dimensions: 104.5 x 55.3 x 50 cm
Very good original condition

The presented armchairs were manufactured by Thonet in 1904. The bodies are conducted in beech wood and show beautifully curved armrests in the typical Thonet design.

The chairs are in very good original condition with some signs of wear. One of the chairs shows water damage and is slightly uneven. The chairs appear in the catalogue ‘Thonet Bendwood and other Furniture‘, 1904, Illustrated Catalogue, Dover Publications New York on pages 122-125.


The furniture company Thonet was established by Michael Thonet (1796-1871) and is family-owned to this day. Michael Thonet began to develop the production of furniture from mechanic to industrial manufacturing. For this purpose, he experimented with bentwood. In 1836 he acquired the Michelsmuehle, a glue factory in Boppard - but run into financial difficulties and had to close this establishment in 1841 and moved to Vienna with his family. There he opened an establishment of his own again in 1849 he named it “Gebrueder Thonet “. He achieved his breakthrough design with the Viennese bistro chair, also known as Chair No. 14 (1859). The chair was designed at the first Thonet factory, which opened in Koritchan, Moravia in 1859. Factories later opened in various German, French, and Austrian locations. There, the company employed new working procedures to standardize manufacturing, such as division of labor and movable parts that made chairs a relatively cheap mass product. The chair turned Thonet into an internationally successful business; the company produced and sold two million different objects in 1912. It had sale locations across Europe as well as in Chicago and New York. In the 1930s, tubular steel was added as a new material and Thonet produced designs by Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Even today, new designs in addition to the classics are produced in the company headquarters in Hessian Frankenberg.

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Two Armchairs by Thonet, Model No. 511, Austria, 1904

Estimate €7,200 - €9,000Mar 6, 2015