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  • Literature

    Thonet Bentwood & Other Furniture: The 1904 Illustrated Catalogue, New York, 1980, p. 56
    Derek E. Ostergard, ed., Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, exh. cat., The American Federation of Arts, New York, 1987, illustrated p. 232
    Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 180-81
    Alexander von Vegesack, Thonet Classsic Furniture in Bent Wood and Tubular Steel, New York, 1997, front cover, pp. 6, 118-19
    Scoprire il Design: adventures with objects, La collezione Alexander von Vegesack, exh. cat., Pinacoteca Giovanni e Maria Agnelli, Turin, 2008, illustrated inside front cover, p. 71, p. 167, fig. 9

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1986 Alexander von Vegesack purchased the Domaine de Boisbuchet in south-western France. His plan was to revitalise the complex as a place where visitors would practise and discover culture in dialogue with nature and agriculture. Following initial renovations of Boisbuchet’s major buildings, he founded the Centre international de recherche et d’éducation culturel et agricole (CIRECA) as a non-profit organisation to manage Boisbuchet’s programme, which included an international workshop in cooperation with Vitra Design Museum. The Centre Georges Pompidou joined this cooperation in 1996. In 2011, the French government classified CIRECA as a pôle d’excellence rurale, a partially state-funded project to promote economic development in rural areas.

    As a freelance curator and collector of important industrial furniture design, Mr. von Vegesack founded the Thonet Museum in Boppard am Rhein, Germany, and advised international museums in shaping their design collections. He organised exhibitions in Paris for the Centre Georges Pompidou as well as for the opening of the Musée d’Orsay. In addition the American Federation of Arts commissioned him to conceive the first major exhibition about the history of industrial furniture design which was shown in ten leading American museums. He realised similar projects in Eastern Europe for the German Foreign Ministry.

    In 1988 Mr. von Vegesack established the Vitra Design Museum in cooperation with the furniture producer Vitra; he was the founding director of the museum until 2011. In this role, he created a continually changing program of more than sixty international touring exhibitions devoted to design and architecture, including the publication of numerous associated catalogues. In 1996, he initiated MUSCON, the annual international museum conference for Europe, as well as similar conferences in the US in 2006 and in Asia in 2008; these provided a global forum for the exchange of ideas between design and architecture museums.

    Since 2011, Mr. von Vegesack has dedicated himself entirely to the development of Domaine de Boisbuchet as an internationally-renowned cultural centre.

    The present lot is sold to benefit the non-profit association C.I.R.E.C.A. at Domaine de Boisbuchet, recognised by the French Government.



Rocking chaise longue, model no. 7500

Stained bent beech, cane.
100.3 x 64.4 x 176.8 cm (39 1/2 x 25 3/8 x 69 5/8 in.)
Manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet, Vienna, Austria. Underside impressed with THONET.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £23,750

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Design Day Sale

London Day Sale 28 April 2015 2pm