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  • Place of origin:

    Austria (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1890-99 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bentwood and plush

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Child's side chair of bentwood, a child-sized version of Thonet's Chair No 14 but without the hoop stretcher (made from five pieces of turned wood rather than the adult style's six). The open-frame back and the back legs are made of a single bow of wood, with a three-quarter circle bentwood splat which is pegged and glued within it. The bow is bolted to the circular bentwood-edged canework seat and secured within by two nuts; the front legs are glued into holes in the underside of the seat. The circular seat has been upholstered in olive green plush on a plywood base.

Place of Origin

Austria (probably, made)


1890-99 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bentwood and plush


Height: 61 cm maximum, Width: 35.5 cm maximum, Depth: 49 cm maximum

Object history note

Said by the donor to have been made for her mother-in-law, Lady Maud Walker-Snith, born ca. 1885. Given by Mrs C Walker Smith (RF87/134).

Descriptive line

Child's chair of bentwood with a replacement upholstered in olive green plush; probably made in Austria 1880-1900

Production Note

No maker's marks visible, but possibly covered by the wooden reinforcements around the inner surface of the underside.
Alternatively, as the chair is said to have been made for a particular child, it may be a copy of the child's version of Thonet chair no.14.


Bentwood; Plush


Children & Childhood; Furniture


Museum of Childhood

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