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  • Place of origin:

    Austria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thonet (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    bentwood and canework

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Child's rocking chair with a bentwood frame painted black, and canework seat and back panels. The wood-framed canework back is in the form of a rounded rectangle held between the two cylindrical back stays; these are hooked at the top, and are cut continuous with the incurving back legs. The wood-framed seat is also rounded, tapering slightly at the back, and the seat and back are linked by the downcurving cylindrical arms. The incurving front legs are also cylindrical, the back legs and the front legs curving in opposition to each other. The chair is set upon a pair of shallow equally balanced rockers, with a stretcher of wooden dowelling at the front and the back.

Place of Origin

Austria (made)


ca. 1865 (made)


Thonet (maker)

Materials and Techniques

bentwood and canework

Marks and inscriptions

maker's mark
On inner underside of seat (true left side)
Part of paper label also visible on inner underside of seat front appears to be the same label as on Misc.96(1,2)-1985


Height: 56.75 cm maximum, Width: 40.25 cm maximum, Depth: 64.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Bequeathed to the museum by Miss F N Ziegler, via Howe and Rake, 22 Chancery Lane, London WC2 (RF70/1050)

Descriptive line

Child's rocking chair, the bentwood frame painted black, with a canework seat and back panels; made in Austria by Michael Thonet in about 1865

Production Note

Said to be Child's rocking chair no 1

Attribution note: The chair is of a simpler design than most of Thonet's adult rocking chairs. Much of what are categorized as children's chairs by Thonet are in fact for adults, but in relatively low-set styles.


Bentwood; Cane


Children & Childhood; Furniture


Museum of Childhood

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