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A fantastic antique bentwood chair. Made from beech with its original cane seat and back. stamped by the maker, Thonet. The first bentwood chair was made by German-Austrian cabinet maker Micheal Thonet in the 1850s in Vienna. Thonet's bistro chair design received a gold medal at the 1867 World Fair in Paris. We have found this example in the 1867 catalogue, this is rare and early. This stunning rare chair folds for storage and could have been used as a campaign piece on tours and expeditions. Perfect for any collector or to incorporate into a modern interior to add soul and character to a space.


There is movement to the arms. Cane in great condition for age. Historical splits to bentwood at front, do refer to photos. Shows signs of wear and tear as it is old and has been used, but only adds to its character. Great decorative item which would look fantastic in any home or business interior.

Please look at photos closely as they form part of the item description.


open - 83 cm width, 53 cm depth, 90 cm height

closed - 100 cm height 

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Antique Rare 1867 No 1 Thonet Bentwood Bergere Cane Easy Folding Campaign Chair

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