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Child's chair

Child's chair

  • Place of origin:

    Poland (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thonet (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bentwood with metal fastenings

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susan Heads on behalf of Edna Lewington (deceased)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Michael Thonet created chair designs which made consistent use of innovative ideas. His experiments to improve the efficiency of the firm's manufacturing processes and use of timber resulted in good designs which were affordable by most people. Some of his classic designs are still in use.

Physical description

Child's side chair of stained and varnished bentwood. The chair has a curved cresting rail, an inverted u-shaped splat, circular seat and splayed legs. The solid seat is decorated with a stylized foliate design stamped into the wood, and the parts of the chair are mainly joined by use of metal screws and bolts.

Apparently a child-sized version of Thonet chair no.18

Place of Origin

Poland (made)


1920-1929 (made)


Thonet (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Bentwood with metal fastenings

Marks and inscriptions

Textual information; underside of seat, in rebate; stamping


Height: 60.2 cm maximum, Width: 31.5 cm maximum, Depth: 37 cm front to back

Object history note

Belonged to Edna Lewington MBE (born February 1921).

Descriptive line

Child's wooden chair designed by Michael Thonet; made in Poland, 1920-1929

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Bentwood; Metal


Staining; Varnishing; Stamping



Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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