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Four Early Marcel Breuer Thonet B32 Bauhaus Classic Chairs

$8,000per set


Purchased from the Vera Neumann estate, these chairs are from the Croton-On-Hudson, NY house that Marcel Breuer built for the Neumann's in 1953. These B32's are pre Knoll ( called"Cesca"by Knoll), most likely by Thonet or specially made for the Neumann project. Early details are all found on originals. Tops of tubes are uniquely rounded. Ends are connected on the floor with screws.


  • Creator
    Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Design
    Cesca Chair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Bauhaus (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. missing a few screws.
  • Seller Location
    Sharon, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3438322118392

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About the Design

Cesca Chair

Designed by Marcel Breuer
Ubiquitous but never boring, the Cesca chair has defined casual elegance in the dining room since 1928. Designed by Marcel Breuer (1902–81) for the Austrian furniture maker Gebrüder Thonet, the Cesca chair combines natural beechwood caning and modern tubular steel for a sensibility that celebrates both handicraft and industrialization. It’s a paragon of Bauhaus design, embodying the school’s “truth to materials” philosophy and adhering to the movement’s emphasis on mass production. In fact, the Cesca chair was the first-ever tubular steel frame chair with a caned seat to be mass produced — a breakthrough for furniture design. Breuer got his start in architecture after dropping out of the painting program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He began apprenticing with a Viennese architect and went on to join the Bauhaus movement in 1921, when he was just 19 years old, eventually becoming a master carpenter at the German arts school. While there, Breuer designed furniture for Sommerfeld House in Berlin, industrialist Adolf Sommerfeld’s private residence, which was conceived by architects Walter Gropius (the Bauhaus school’s founder) and Adolf Meyer. Not long afterward, Breuer’s experiments with tubular steel would yield his Wassily chair, named for his friend, painter and Bauhaus professor Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the Cesca. Originally called the B32, Breuer renamed the chair in honor of his daughter, Francesca, when Italian manufacturer Gavina began producing it in the early 1960s. Knoll introduced the chair when it acquired Gavina in 1968 and continues to manufacture it today. And while the Cesca chair’s silhouette has remained the same throughout the decades, Breuer himself later made minor modifications, including the implementation of a shallower curve to the back and the addition of a second piece of steel for the frame to account for both comfort and durability. With the Cesca’s cantilevered construction, Breuer’s design transcended that of the traditional four-legged dining chair, pushing the boundaries of what “everyday” could mean in furniture.
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