Michael Thonet - The Architect London Monday, April 28, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Count Giech, Schloss Thurnau, Germany

  • Literature

    Derek E. Ostergard, ed., Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, exh. cat., The American Federation of Arts, New York, 1987, p. 43, fig. 2-13, p. 216, fig. 17
    Eva B. Ottillinger, Gebrüder Thonet: Möbel aus gebogenem Holz, Vienna, 2005, fig. 45
    Magnus Bischofberger, ed., Prehistory to the Future: Highlights from the Bischofberger Collection, Florence, 2009, p. 89
    Herausgegeben von Wolfgang Thillmann and Bernd Willscheid, Möbel Design: Roentgen, Thonet Und Die Moderne, exh. cat., Roentgen Museum, Neuwied, 2011, p. 297, fig. 52

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are seven known early examples of Thonet chair model no. 14 in laminated beechwood, as opposed to the much larger production of steamed bentwood chairs. The present lot is to be considered unique, as it is the only version from the seven executed in a rosewood finish. Three of the seven examples are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Bruno Bischofberger Collection; and Die Neue Sammlung, Munich.


Important and early chair, model no. 14

circa 1855
Bent laminated beechwood, beechwood, cane.
93.2 x 40.3 x 40.4 cm (36 3/4 x 15 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet, Austria. Underside of seat rail faintly impressed with manufacturer's mark GB THONET Wien and remnants of a paper label.

£35,000 - 45,000 

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Created by Lee F. Mindel, London Auction 29 April 2014 6pm