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Armchair (Austria), ca. 1860

This is a Armchair. It was manufactured by Gebrüder (Brothers) Thonet. It is dated ca. 1860 and we acquired it in 1971. Its medium is beechwood, rattan. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Founded by the German cabinet maker Michael Thonet (1796–1871), the firm of Thonet Brothers perfected and patented a steam process for bending wood that could also be standardized for a larger consumer market. The pared-down, curvilinear forms of the bentwood elements, as seen in this chair, combine to create an almost modern simplicity. Several models have become classics, remaining in continuous production for over a century.

This object was donated by Thonet Industries, Inc., U.S.A.. It is credited Gift of Thonet Industries, Inc..

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 98.5 x 62.5 x 68.5 cm (38 3/4 x 24 5/8 x 26 15/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Three legs stamped: "22"

Cite this object as

Armchair (Austria), ca. 1860; Manufactured by Gebrüder (Brothers) Thonet (Austria); beechwood, rattan; H x W x D: 98.5 x 62.5 x 68.5 cm (38 3/4 x 24 5/8 x 26 15/16 in.); Gift of Thonet Industries, Inc.; 1971-19-1

In addition to Collection Selects: Wyss Institute, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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