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  • Place of origin:

    Austria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steam-bent beechwood, stained, with cane seat

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair was made in Vienna by the Austrian firm of Gebrüder Thonet (Thonet Brothers). The design was first produced by the firm in about 1905. It has often been suggested that the chair was designed by the Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), whose early work was in a curvilinear Art Nouveau style. There is no direct evidence for this, however, and it may well have been designed by someone working in the company’s in-house studio. By 1905, Gebrüder Thonet were producing hundreds of designs for domestic use and for restaurants, shops and offices in their famous bentwood technique using solid turned sections of beechwood steamed and then bent into shape.

Physical description

Armchair of steam-bent beechwood, with a caned seat, the woodwork stained.

Place of Origin

Austria (made)


ca. 1905 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Steam-bent beechwood, stained, with cane seat

Marks and inscriptions

Stencil 'THONET' to inside of seat rail. Label 'Thonet/Wien' to inside front seat rail.


Height: 106 cm, Width: 55.5 cm, Depth: 55.3 cm, Height: 46.5 cm seat height

Object history note

Also available in white paint finish and as a rocking chair

Descriptive line

Armchair made by Thonet; steam-bent beechwood, stained; Austria; ca.1905.

Labels and date

Designer unknown
Manufactured by Gebru"der Thonet, Vienna, Austria
Steam-bent beechwood, stained
about 1905
This design is frequently misattributed to the Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann. It is possible the chair was designed by the Thonet Company's in-house studio.
W41 & 42-1979
(Label for rooms 103-106) [1989]


Beech; Cane


Steam-bending; Caning


Furniture; Images Online


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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