Thonet Gebruder Vienna Gmbh No.56 Bentwood and Vienna Straw Chair


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We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. For the shipment of this item, as the rates of couriers change daily, we prefer, if you are interested in the object, that you contact us directly so we can offer you the best possible price. Iconic and famous Viennese chair of the Thonet Gebruder GmbH model n.56; the entire structure, with its characteristic sinuous lines, is made of steam-curved beech wood; the seat is made of solid Vienna straw; under the seat, we find the original label of the Thonet Company and on the side, the firebrand "Thonet Austria" that attest the authenticity of the chair; was designed and made in Vienna between 1905 and 1910 by the Thonet Gebruder Company using the bending technique he invented; as you can see from the page of the old catalog, the chair is model n.56 modified and improved, as it has more massive and comfortable armrests. The history of the Thonet company is very interesting. A German cabinetmaker since 1819, as early as 1830 Michael Thonet experimented with new possibilities of producing furniture industrially by hot bending plywood. In 1860 he perfected the technique of bending solid beech by using steam and placing the wood in special cast iron forms. Subsequently, the forms were placed to dry in ovens. The wood would then fix the new shape forever. The seats were then assembled with large screws; to make his famous chairs with their elegantly sinuous lines, he made use of this innovative technique. The Thonet company was the first and true furniture industry. Michael Thonet was formed in the Biedermeier period. The period in which the concept of comfort, ornamental simplification, and enhancement of wood as a material was born. Thonet will meet the tastes of a new and huge market: that of the small and medium bourgeoisie and public establishments and meeting places. Thonet moves with his entire family to Vienna, wherein in 1849 he found the first factory with enormous success. Even Austrian Prince Klemens von Metternich was interested in Thonet's experiments. Soon, the inventor of the chair was entrusted with the creation of the furniture for Liechtenstein Palace and the Schwarzenberg Palace. The production enjoys the acclaim of the Prince of Metternich and the Emperor himself: it is a success. Thonet's presence at universal exhibitions gives it the reputation it needs to ensure large-scale production. In London, in 1851 his production received a bronze medal and created the opportunity to establish valuable relationships for the possibility of export. Thonet furniture begins to appear in the pages of sales catalogs (including 25 models in 1859, 114 in 1884, and 1400 in 1915) identified by a simple number and all derived from a single beech rod, modified and curved into long loops, curls, scrolls, and rings. According to a legend in vogue in France, during the 1867 Expo, Thonet's Chair No. 14 fell from the Eiffel Tower, plummeting 57 meters. In the crash, to everyone's surprise, the chair remained intact. Since then, the myth of this legendary chair has spread. Simple, but elegant, light, but sturdy, thanks to these characteristics, Thonet chairs have become true icons, to become among the most famous chairs in history. The chair is in very good condition. Measures width cm.60, depth cm.45, height cm.88, seat cm.48. For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (wooden crates, styrofoam, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the objects.

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Dimensions (cm):
88H x 60W x 45D 48SH
Dimensions (inch):
34,65H x 23,62W x 17,72D 18,90SH
Creator / Artist:
Michael Thonet
Good; Wear consistent with age and use. The chair is in very good condition.
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