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Set of 10 MCM Thonet #1216 Dining Chairs Bent Oak Plywood Saddle Seat Single Bow

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Marvelous vintage Mid-Century Modern Thonet #1216-S17-B1 dining chairs comprised of bent oak plywood with saddle seats and a single bow back stretcher, set of 10. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear even if it has been refinished or restored. Specifically, Each of these chairs has its own wear and patina including chips, missing wood, scratches, missing finish, etc. and are priced accordingly. We feel they will need refinished, and we can provide that service if you so desire. The additional price for that service is $275 per chair. Please see photos, zoom in for details, and see long description as they are part of the condition report. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, Mid-20th Century. NOTE: The photos in the listing are of just a sampling of the chairs but represent the condition of all the chairs. Photos of the actual chairs you will be receiving will be forwarded to you for approval before shipping. Also, if you love these chairs we have several other listings here to purchase singles and other quantities. And they are priced now in as is condition however, if you would like them refinished we can certainly do that for an additional $275 cost per chair. On a score of one to ten, these chairs earn a SOLID 10!!!!!! This is an INCREDIBLE set of 10 vintage Thonet bent oak plywood #1216-S17-B1 dining chairs!! They are comprised of fabulous oak bent plywood frames with saddle seats and an attractive, single bent oak plywood bow which doubles as a stretcher between the back legs. This design was first introduced by Thonet in 1945 and these iconic chairs are part of that introduction line. It was also the first mass produced bent ply chair for Thonet. It remained in their catalog for over THIRTY years and was made from only SIX pieces of wood plus hardware!! Amazing!!! A similar chair design can still be purchased today; however, these are clearly from the vintage line. Obviously, they are quite captivating to the eye but, talk about sturdy! According to the book, “Thonet, 150 years of Furniture,” the #1216 design was virtually indestructible!!! So, you don’t have to sacrifice style for durability! And a fun fact… these chairs were originally homed at Kansas University in their all-inclusive campus housing!! GO K.U.!!! They will be wonderful used as dining chairs, but they would be equally fabulous around an office or conference table, or at the family game table. Did your company show up unexpectedly? No problem! These are a great option for extra seating! Use one in a corner of your bedroom or dressing area, at a breakfast or game table, or at your dining table!! They would also be wonderful in an office waiting area, school or church function, a café or coffee house, or any entertaining event. And, if you’re in the market for a fabulous table to accommodate these beauties, we have several listed here for sale that would host them perfectly! Check them out!! Thonet was founded by Michael Thonet. Michael was born in 1796 and was apprenticed by his father to a cabinetmaker. Shortly after he married, Michael opened his one-man cabinetmaking shop creating furniture and cabinetry in the traditional manner by carving the needed parts and then joining them together. In 1830 he began experimenting with bending wood into curved shapes and thus began a successful furniture company that has remained continually in operation for nearly 200 years. Thonet’s early work was very Biedermeier in style and not made for the common man. Gradually his designs became more Art Nouveau. In 1951 his chairs for the Crystal Palace at the London World’s Fair won a prize medal and by the late 1950s he began to make his first “consumer” chair. In 1875, a year before Michael’s death, Thonet’s five factories made 620,000 chairs. Then in 1876 after his death the company became Gebruder Thonet. But all was not roses. In 1869 the Thonet patents lapsed and by 1893 there were 52 bentwood companies in Europe. However, Thonet persevered. They branched out. They merged. They added designs by Le Corbusier and Breuer and alternative materials such as tubular chrome in place of bentwood to their offerings. Business boomed and waned through the years and there was even a Thonet revival, so to speak, beginning in the 1940s on into the mid-20th century. Till today, in the 21st century, Thonet is still a furniture company to be reckoned with almost 200 years later. These #1216 bent oak plywood chairs have supreme style, an inviting presence, substantial durability, AND they’re vintage Thonet!!! What more could you possibly want? Don’t hesitate… Make them YOURS!!!!! Chair Size Each: - Height: 33.5 Inches - Width: 15.5 Inches - Depth: 19 Inches - Seat Height: 18 Inches - Inside Seat Width: 14.75 Inches - Inside Seat Depth: 15.25 Inches - Inside Back Height: 16.25 Inches - Clearance to floor: 17 Inches - Weight: 13.88 Pounds Boxed Size: - One Chair: 40h x 21w x 24d Inches & 27 Pounds - Two Chairs: 43h x 21w x 29d Inches & 54 Pounds - Three Chairs: 61h x 21w x 31d Inches & 72 Pounds
  • Creator:
    Thonet (Maker)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)Width: 15.5 in (39.37 cm)Depth: 19 in (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 18 in (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 10
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    Circa Mid 20th Century
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Each chair has own wear & patina including chips, missing wood, scratches, missing finish, etc. & are priced accordingly. Most need refinished. Please see photos, zoom in for details, see long description as they are part of condition report.
  • Seller Location:
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 414-SEA-655-101stDibs: LU1873337727312
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