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Material: Bentwood
Set of 6 Antique Thonet Bent Wood Bistro Chairs w Pattern
Located in New York, NY
Four of these iconic chairs share a classic design, while the two end chairs feature arms. All feature a matching raised pattern. Please see photos. Despite their age, the set remain...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Thonet 209 Cane Bentwood Chairs After Thonet 209, 1950s
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
They are in very good condition, ready to use. Very good structure and seat shaft. The chairs after Thonet is from the years 1950s The 6 chairs are in very good condition, ready to...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Armchairs by Josef Hoffmann, 1890s, Set of 2
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pair of late 19th century armchairs designed by Josef Hoffman for J&J Kohn.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Barrel Chair by Frank Lloyd Wright for Cassina
Located in PARIS, FR
The “Barrel Chair”or “Taliesen Barrel Chair” by Frank Lloyd Wright was designed in 1937 after a design from 1904. It was designed He...
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1930s Italian Arts and Crafts Vintage Bentwood Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Cherry, Bentwood

Marcel Kammerer Settee Bench Seat, Thonet Austria, Turquoise Green Leather, 1910
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A fantastic settee designed by Marcel Kammerer and manufactured by Thonet, Austria, circa 1910. It is made of dark or almost black stained beech wood in mahogany tone and French pol...
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Leather, Bentwood, Beech

Set of Four Vintage Josef Hoffmann Prague 811 Chair Made by STOL Kamnik 1960s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Josef Hoffmann Prague 811 Chair made by Stol Kamnik Slovenia 1960s
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1960s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Thonet No 19 Chair 1900s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Thonet no19 Chair Austria 1900s
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Mid-Century Dining Chair by Cor Alons, Gouda Den Boer Gouda, 1949
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Mid-Century Vintage Design chair made by Gouda den Boer in 1949. Beautiful design by the important Dutch designer Cornelius Louis (Cor) Alons (Groningen, 1892 - The Hague, 1967). C...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Faux Leather, Bentwood

1950s Molded Bent Plywood Chair Metal Base Eames Style
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Late 1950s Molded Wood Chair after Eames Herman Miller Knoll marvelous midcentury chair Sculptural black Iron base Features Molded Teak seat and back rest. No label, chair appears as...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Metal

1950s H-410 Armchairs by J. Halabala, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of armchairs by Czech furniture designer J. Halabala. Made in the 1950s, the design was produced in Central European furniture factories throughout the mid-20th Century. The e...
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1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Bentwood

1980s Bouclé Armchair by TON
Located in High Point, NC
An upholstered wooden armchair with a unique Mid-Century Modern silhouette. Made in the 1980s by TON, this piece showcases the innovative yet humane design for which the Czech furnit...
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1980s Czech Minimalist Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bouclé, Upholstery, Bentwood

Magnificent series of 6 dining chairs designed in curved solid elm, Circa 1980.
Located in Renens, CH
Magnificent series of 6 vintage chairs designed in curved solid elm, in the style of pierre chapo. Beautifully crafted, highlighting the finesse of the movement.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Wood, Elm, Bentwood

Classic bistro chairs
Located in Skogås, Stockholms län
Classic bistro chairs from Paris are iconic symbols of the city's vibrant café culture and timeless charm.
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1970s European Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Italian Mid-Century Design Medea Chair by Vittorio Nobili for Tagliabue Brothers
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Italian iconic mid century design single "Medea" chair. This fantastic chair is made of bent oak wood and black metal legs. Designed by Vittorio Nobili for the Tagliabue Brothers in 1955. First advertised in Domus issue 329 in April 1955, it has become an iconic and highly collectible piece of mid-century design. Perfect Conditions restored. This piece is attributed to the above-mentioned designer...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Metal

Brera, Curved chair with fabric throat, Dainelli Studio for Somaschini, Italy
Located in Cabiate, IT
The seat harks back in form to the aesthetics of mid-century bourgeois furnishings. The singular cut in the shell gives added character to a classic, composed elegance, as well as en...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Rubber, Bentwood, Plywood

Brera, Sedia curva in velluto con gola, Dainelli for Somaschini, Italy
Located in Cabiate, IT
The seat harks back in form to the aesthetics of mid-century bourgeois furnishings. The singular cut in the shell gives added character to a classic, composed elegance, as well as en...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Velvet, Rubber, Bentwood, Plywood

Irish Vernacular Boat Builders Chair
Located in Downham Market, GB
An Irish vernacular Boat Builders chair. A beautifully made chair of excellent form & colour, the thick slab seat raised on four turned legs & suppor...
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Mid-20th Century Irish Rustic Bentwood Chairs

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Hardwood, Bentwood

Pair of Cherner Armchair by Norman Cherner for Plycraft
Located in Centreville, VA
Found in design collections across the world, the Cherner chair was originally made of walnut faced moulded plywood, using similar techniques to those that Charles and Ray Eames were...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Bent Wood Upholstered Dining Chairs by Bill Stephens for Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful set of bentwood frame dining chairs by Bill Stephens for Knoll. Upholstered in Knoll KT Collection fabric, hop sack slate grey. Crafted with meticulous artistry, these chai...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Set of Four Vintage Prague 811 Chair By Josef Hoffmann 1950s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Josef Hoffmann Prague 811 Chairs for Stol Kamnik 1950s
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1950s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Bauhaus chair no.811 by Josef Hoffmann
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Bauhaus chair no.811 by Josef Hoffmann for Thonet in very nice original condition with signs of use.
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1930s Czech Bauhaus Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Rattan, Beech, Bentwood

Scandinavian Gray Bentwood Easy Chair 1980s
Located in Rīga, LV
Vintage birch easy chair with new gray upholstery. Additional information: Dimensions: 63 W x 65 D x 76 H cm Seat: 43 H cm Condition: Good vintage condition
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20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Birch, Bentwood

Set of Six Bentwood Art Nouveau Bistro Chairs by Fischel, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Set of six Art Nouveau bistro chairs. Design by Fischel Austria. Striking Austrian design from the 1900s. Solid beech and bentwood frames with original printed wooden seats. This won...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Beech, Bentwood

1970s Beech Bentwood Chair by Ton, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Carefully refurbished - Newly upholstered - The height of armrests is 70cm - high of seat 46 cm
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1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood, Fabric

4x chair J&J Kohn Nr.415, Gustav Siegel, 1906
Located in Praha, CZ
"Viennese Art Nouveau, variant of chair no. 415, designed by Gustav Siegl in 1906, manufactured by J&J Kohn. In beautiful original condition. Solid, ready to be upholstered. Minor ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Side Chair
Located in Tulsa, OK
**Please Read Entire Description** Please view all listing pictures on a laptop if possible. Some cell phones don’t display all listing pictures and some could be pictures relating to condition. Please read all the way down through this entire description box to view the entire description of the item. Please keep in mind that these are 40-75 year old items and will have some expected normal wear. We strive to represent our items well, and most of these items are in above average vintage condition. Noticeable flaws will be represented in the listing pictures and the text but we cannot describe or picture every small scratch, ding, or area of slight wear. Once delivered, furniture CANNOT be refused, returned, or refunded unless damage has occurred in the shipping process. Our shipper takes care to wrap each item and pack it safely therefore we have rarely had any issues with damage in transit. All items must be picked up within 3 weeks of order if buyer secures his own shipper. Shipping usually requires 3-6 weeks delivery through our shipping contacts and is only available in the continental US for large furniture items. Some smaller items are available to be shipped internationally through USPS/UPS. * * * Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Scoop...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Upholstery, Bentwood

1970s Beech Bentwood Chair by Ton, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Carefully refurbished - Newly upholstered - The height of armrests is 70cm
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1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Wood, Bentwood, Beech

Primitive Blue-Gray Painted Swedish Round-Back Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Primitive blue-gray painted Swedish round-back chair circa 1770-1789. Remnants of original or early blue-gray, green and salmon pink painted decoration. Heavy, thick single board sea...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Rustic Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Ash, Elm, Bentwood

1950's Baumann Bentwood Bistro Dining Chair - Deep Back - Set Of Four
Located in Hook, Hampshire
1950’s Baumann Bentwood Bistro Dining Chair – Deep Back – Set Of Four 1950’s Baumann Bentwood Bistro Dining Chair – Deep Back – Set Of Four. Classic Beech bistro chair made in France...
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1950s French Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Thonet Art Nouveau Set of Six very Rare Chairs with Printed Pattern.
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique very beautiful Art Nouveau set of six Thonet chairs with a printed pattern all chairs are labeled with the original THONET paper logo. Thonet...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Josef Hoffmann Bentwood Beech Prague Model 811 Chairs in Black and Leather Weave
Located in Los Angeles, CA
In the 1920s, Michael Thonet's company crafted the iconic No. 811 Bentwood Chair. Josef Hoffmann is commonly credited with creating the "Prague chair," the design is also attribute...
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1960s European Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood, Cane

Thonet Bentwood Bistro Chair, Czechoslovakia 1940s
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful vintage chair designed by Thonet. Bentwood details and construction makes this piece a timeless item. Plywood seat and backrest. Strong oak wood. The chair was partially re...
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1940s Czech Bauhaus Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Oak, Bentwood, Plywood

Bentwood Chair 1970s
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Bentwood chair 1970s Beautiful patina but broken inner circle of back rest. Sturdy and firm chair.
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1970s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Hardwood, Bentwood

Four Chairs Thonet Nr.19, circa 1900
Located in Praha, CZ
Original state with a pleasant patina of age, perfectly cleaned and repolished with shellac. Minor fixes made. The chairs are solid and can be used normally.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Belle Époque Bentwood Chairs

Materials

Beech, Bentwood

Two Chairs Thonet Nr.19, circa 1900
Located in Praha, CZ
Original state with a pleasant patina of age, perfectly cleaned and repolished with shellac. Minor fixes made. The original weaving of the seat has been replaced by plywood seat with...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Belle Époque Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

6x Thonet chairs Nr. 157
Located in Praha, CZ
In original condition with a beautiful patina of age. Solid and compact. Perfectly cleaned, minor repairs made. Disinsection: Lignofix I-profi. The surface is revived with linseed oi...
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Early 20th Century Czech Arts and Crafts Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Early 20th Century Austrian Wooden Curved Chair By Thonet
Located in High Point, NC
Introducing the timeless elegance of the early 20th Century with this exquisite Austrian Curved Chair by Thonet, a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design. Hailing from an era where ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Bentwood Chairs

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Wood, Bentwood

Apollo chair by Svend Skipper for Skippers Mobler
Located in Nashville, TN
This 'Apollo' easy chair is comprised of a bent plywood frame and black leather upholstery. Produced by Skippers Furniture in Denmark during the 1970s and is labeled. In excellent vi...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Leather, Bentwood

A 811 Chair By Josef Hoffmann or Josef Frank for Thonet 1920s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Josef Hoffmann or Josef Frank chair A 811 for Thonet 1920s
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Modern Bamboo Bentwood Chair With Seating Cushion, IDN 2024
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Stylish, modern chair created by an indonesian artist from the small island of Java. This beautiful made, contemporary chair impresses with its beautiful shaped organic lines. Elabor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Organic Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Bamboo, Bentwood

Chairs Thonet 209, Pair of Cane and Black Bentwood , 1940s or 1950s
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
The chair after Thonet is from the years between 1950-1960 This is Le Corbusier's favourite chair and one of the favourite designs of architects and designers. Unfortunately it has...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

1950s, Upholstered Armchairs by Jindrich Halabala, Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of armchairs by Czech furniture designer J. Halabala. Made in the 1950s, distinctive bentwood furniture designs were produced in Central European furniture factories throughou...
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1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Four Chairs Thonet Nr.651, Since 1907
Located in Praha, CZ
Original state with a pleasant patina of age, perfectly cleaned and repolished with shellac. One backrest has a crack (fixed with injected glue). Despite the crack, the backrest is f...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Belle Époque Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Set of 8 Bentwood Caning Chairs by Thonet, Austria 1930s
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 8 bentwood caning chairs by Thonet - Austria 1930s.
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1930s Austrian Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Bentwood Model 234 Chair by Magnus Stephensen for Fritz Hansen, 1920s
Located in Kiel, SH
Bentwood Model 234 Chair by Magnus Stephensen for Fritz Hansen, 1920s in used condition with signs of use and age.
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Rare Chair Thonet Nr.641, since 1911
Located in Praha, CZ
Nice condition with a pleasant patine of age, perfectly cleaned and re-polished with shelack finish. New plywood on seat.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Bentwood Chairs

Materials

Brass

Overscale Postmodern Sculptural Art Chair by Alan Siegel dated '83-'85
Located in Miami, FL
Overscale Postmodern Sculptural Art Chair by Alan Siegel dated '83-'85 Offered for sale is a 1980s Alan Siegal (American- 1938-) sculptural, painted, and carved wood high-back Post-modern chair., The chair is decorated in relief with swirls and spirals. It is signed 'Siegel 1983-85' on the underside of the seat. The striking chair is a piece of art that is unique and whimsical. The artist and sculptor Alan Siegel exhibited Post-modern chairs in 1981 at the Betsy Rosenfield Gallery in Chicago. Siegel's' works are prized by collectors and are part of many private and public collections as listed below. Measures: 27.5" w x 22" x 55.25" h seat 17"H Siegel's Education-- 1960 Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, B.A. 1960-62 Fulbright Grant, Paris Graduate Study, Stanford and Columbia Universities Siegel's Solo Exhibitions-- 2017 Galeria Nudo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2013 Kleinart James Gallery, Woodstock, NY 2013 Galeria Manuel Chacon, Fabrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2011 Galeria Atelier, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2004 Galeria le Noir, Mexico 2002 Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY 2001 Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY 2000 Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock (Shady), NY Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY 1995, 96 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY 1994 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA 1993 Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1992 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY 1991 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA 1989, 87, 85, 81 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY 1987 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA 1986 Adams-Middleton Gallery, Dallas, TX Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1985 Sarah Squieri Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 1984, 81 Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL Willingheart Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri 1983 Laumeier Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri 1981 Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York, NY Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 1980 Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY 1976 Wake Forest University...
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

1920's Bentwood and Cane Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful bentwood chair by J. & J. Kohn from Austria, 1920's. Lovely bentwood legs and slatted wood back with original cane seat. Original finish shows great age and patina. Two ava...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Pair of Thonet Cafe Daum Style Bentwood Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare pair of Michael Thonet Cafe Daum style bentwood armchairs produced by Salvatore Leone. Originally designed for the Cafe Daum in Vienna. These chairs fea...
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19th Century Italian Vienna Secession Antique Bentwood Chairs

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Cane, Lacquer, Bentwood

Set of 5 Josef Frank Prague Chairs Made in Czechoslovakia, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional set of five bentwood armchairs design attributed to Josef Frank, marked Made in Czechoslovakia. The chairs are constructed of steam bent wood, probably beech, and nylon, ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Vienna Secession Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Chair on Bentwood Legs
Located in West Chester, PA
Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Chair Model 71 on Bentwood Legs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Upholstery, Bentwood

Three Carl-Axel Acking Bentwood Chairs for Svenska Mobelfarikerna of Bodafors
Located in Belmont, MA
Three Carl-Axel Acking (1910-2001) for Svenska Mobelfarikerna of Bodafors Bentwood Side Chairs, Sweden, c. 1950, designed c.1944, beech, oak, laminated plywood, stackable, with manuf...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Pair of armchairs by Isamu Kenmochi for Akita Mokko, 1970s
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
Pair of armchairs designed by Isamu Kenmochi for Akita Woodworking in the 1970s. Condition is very good, with maker's labels on both armchairs. 4 sets will be sold.
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1970s Japanese Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Bentwood

Six Bentwood Back Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century modern style dining chairs in yellow vinyl with bentwood backs. All chairs have low arms and black metal bases. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Chairs

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Metal

Norman Cherner for Plycraft Bentwood chair with Yellow Vinyl cushion 1960s
Located in Ocean Grove, NJ
Really cool Mid-Century Modern designer Norman Cherner for Plycraft Bent plywood chair with Yellow Vinyl (Naugahyde) cushion from the 1960s. This would have originally been used as ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Naugahyde, Bentwood, Plywood

Pair of Gorgeous Vintage Adjustable Mid Century Bentwood and Metal Chairs, 60's
Located in Madison, WI
A PAIR of 2 Toledo Metal Furniture Co. chairs from the mid 20th century that can be adjusted for use in drafting, office, or university settings. These chairs have a bentwood seat a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Metal

Pair Of Art Nouveau Thonet Chairs by Josef Hoffmann, 1st edition! - CZ ca. 1906
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Very rare pair of the first edition(!) of bentwood chairs by Thonet from the early 20th century, produced by Thonet in Bohemia. Designed around 1906 by none other than the world reno...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Bentwood Chairs

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Leather, Bentwood

1920's Children Chair Model No.1 by Gebrüder Thonet
Located in Brno, CZ
An authentic bentwood kid's chair made at the beginning of the 20th century by the Thonet Furniture company - and known as Chair Model Number 1. Thonet has a great tradition of produ...
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1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Bentwood Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Antique and Vintage Bentwood Chairs for Sale on 1stDibs

Looking for antique or vintage bentwood chairs for your home? A collection of authentic bentwood rocking chairs, bentwood armchairs and other bentwood seating can be found today on 1stDibs.

Antique, new and vintage bentwood furniture has become very popular in interiors over the years. Today bentwood chairs, tables, sofas and pendants are receiving striking modern interpretations from makers like Thonet, which are being carried on by the next generation. And while bentwood furniture dates as far back as the Middle Ages, it is Michael Thonet who is most often associated with this now-classic technique.

The presence of a rocking chair stirs up our penchant for nostalgia and has the power to transform a space, and it would take the great German-Austrian chair maker Michael Thonet to turn the rocking chair into a work of art. Thonet manufactured chairs out of steam-bent wood, and starting in the middle of the 19th century, he produced a series of rocking chairs in which the different curved parts were integrated into fluid, sinuous wholes. Considered the world’s oldest mass-produced chair, Thonet’s ubiquitous Chair No. 14 demonstrated that his patented bentwood technology made it possible to efficiently produce furniture on an industrial scale. Often called the Coffee House chair — the company’s first substantial order was for a Viennese coffeehouse — the No. 14 remains an icon. Thonet originally designed the chair in 1859, and it is considered the starting point for modern furniture. From there the bentwood look skyrocketed to furniture fame.

Bentwood was eventually embraced by design greats ranging from Josef Hoffmann to Gio Ponti, and Adolf Loos to Alvar Aalto for its versatility, timelessness and simple elegance. Mid-century modernists Charles and Ray Eames added wooden rockers to their famous plastic shell armchair, while Danish designer Frank Reenskaug opted for teak and polished beech, introducing pops of color with small cushions (a precursor to the bold works that would follow in the 1970s and 1980s).

In the Czech Republic — home to a range of talented but unsung mid-century modern and Art Deco designers — the company TON held a bentwood furniture exhibition in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat in recent years. TON manufactures their bentwood furniture in the same workshops where Michael Thonet set up his operations in the 1800s.

Sophisticated bentwood seating designs include Alvar Aalto’s cantilever lounge chairs and Italian designer Luigi Crassevig’s 1970s rocking chairs, which feature cane seats. 

Find antique and vintage bentwood chairs in a range of styles on 1stDibs.

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