Rare Original Thonet Bentwood Armchair, Early 20th Century, Industrial Design
Model 233 with leather back cover
The chair has been beautifully restored and finished.
The seat and chair back have been newly upholstered with Eco genuine real leather "Distressed Smokey Brown".
The chair have damaged paper label (see the images - first image is taken before restoration - the paper label is very old and fragile - the second photo is showing the remaining label). On the chair is second printed label 'MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA *** THONET'.
In the Thonet catalogue page 22 from 1900 is very similar to the model 6003 G.
Superb original designer armchair made by the leading bentwood furniture manufacturer Thonet.
Thonet's chairs proved to be a favorite among artists and designers, as well. Picasso had one in his studio, and Le Corbusier used Thonet chairs in several interiors.
History of the Thonet chairsMichael Thonet (1796-1871) and his five children were the most successful manufacturers of furniture in the Industrial Age. Having been invited to develop a trademark in Austria by Chancellor Metternich, who had seen his products at the Exhibition held by the society of friends of arts in Koblenz, in 1842, Michael Thonet left Boppard in Germany, to settle in Vienna, where in 1853 he founded the company “Gebrüder Thonet” by involving his five sons. In the Hapsburg capital, Michael Thonet abandoned the more traditional technique of glued lamellar wood in favour of the industrial chemical-mechanical steam bent process. This innovation led him to begin producing wooden furniture, presenting a collection of elegant, yet practical designs that could be manufactured on a larger scale.
As with any previously owned piece of furniture there my be the odd bump or mark that comes with age.