Authentic Thonet No. 10 Rocking Chair in Beechwood and Cane, circa 1890 For Sale
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Authentic Thonet No. 10 Rocking Chair in Beechwood and Cane, circa 1890

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Molded beechwood Antique Thonet rocking chair in good condition. The Art Nouveau Classic. Though American inventor Benjamin Franklin is sometimes credited with inventing the rocking chair, historians actually trace the rocking chair's origins to North America during the early 18th century, when Franklin was a child. Originally used in gardens, they were simply ordinary chairs with rockers attached. It was in 1725 that early rocking chairs first appeared in England. The production of wicker rocking chairs reached its peak in America during the middle of the 18th century. These wicker rockers, as they were popularly known, were famous for their craftsmanship and creative designs. Rocking cradles long predate rocking chairs however and an example exists from antiquity, found in the ruins of Herculaneum. Michael Thonet, a German craftsman, created the first bentwood rocking chair in 1860.This design is distinguished by its graceful shape and its light weight. These rocking chairs were influenced by Greek and Roman designs as well as Renaissance and colonial era artistry. During the 1920s, however, folding rocking chairs became more popular in the United States and in Europe. They were handy for outdoor activities and travel purposes. By the 1950s, rocking chairs built by Sam Maloof, an American Craftsman, became famous for their durability and deluxe appearance. Maloof's rocking chairs are distinguished by their ski-shaped rockers.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1899
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-CarvedBeech
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 40.95 in. x W 19.69 in. x D 40.95 in.H 104 cm x W 50 cm x D 104 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU2423313393271
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