Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thonet Arm Chairs

Mid Century Eames Era Arm Chairs - $75 (SW Waterfront)

This listing is for six original arms chairs by Thonet, with labels intact. They are beautifully designed and made of dark-stained walnut and light naugahyde upholstery. I love the way the backrest / arms are supported directly by the legs, which also hold the seat. It is a very simple and functional design, and these chairs appear to be in great condition.

The Thonet furniture company was founded by Michael Thonet around 1855-6 after he had developed and began producing his first (and according to many, the world's first) bentwood chair. Although Michael Thonet died in 1871, the company was a leading manufacturer of chairs for long after, and is still around today.

The fact that these chairs bear their original Thonet labels is a huge bonus. They are also quite stylish and will certainly remain valuable and collectible for many years. The seller has six and is offering them for $75 a piece. I can't find any other sales or listings for these chairs online, and it is difficult for me to assess whether or not this is a fair / realistic price. I guess it is up to the buyer to decide... All in all, a great set of chairs.

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