Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thonet Chair: An Original Piece
Michael Thonet was a German carpenter born in 1796 in Boppard Germany. He died in 1871 in Vienna, Austria. He invented several light but very strong cafe type chairs and won a bronze medal for his Viennese bentwood chair from the World's Fair in London in 1851. His chairs have sold in millions.
We recently acquired one of his authentic chairs from an Austrian family. This chair was made in Michael Thonet's workshop in Austria probably around 1850. We did the upholstery with a handmade kilim. It is a beauty. We sell this signed (there are two signatures) antique original chair for $1,000.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)