Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thonet Daybed Ca 1885

A daybed, Model No. 1/9701, Gebrüder Thonet, Vienna, c. 1885, bent beechwood, woven cane, original unrestored condition

This model was only produced between 1881 and 1887. Whereas Thonet had already exhibited the first rocking chair in 1862, their range did not include day-beds until the 1880s. In 1885 their factory catalogue listed four different models. Models No. 1 and No. 3 featured straight legs and woven cane; in addition, they were equipped with a footrest. Model No. 1 had an adjustable headrest. Models No. 2 and No. 4 featured curved legs, demonstrating the possibilities of bent food as construction element. No. 2 was covered with woven cane, the frame of No. 4 was designed for upholstery. Model No. 1/9701 fascinates because of its plain basic form and functional character.
Lit.: Thonet factory catalogue, 1885; E. B. Ottillinger, Gebrüder Thonet. Möbel aus gebogenem Holz, Vienna 2003, p. 144; G. Gandilis - A. Blomstedt - T. Frangoulis - M. I. Amorin, Bugholz-möbel, Stuttgart 1979, p. 90; E. Ostergard, Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, New York 1987, p. 72.

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