A Vintage Pair of Thonet Style Folding Cinema Chairs


A pair of folding vintage Thonet style chairs, the labels MADE IN POLAND and WATERPROOF are still in place underneath the seat pad of one of the chairs. Why WATERPROOF? Whilst researching these chairs, which are obviously Thonet style, I discovered that they produced a folding cinema chair range along with military folding furniture both of which look similar to the set of chairs we have up for sale. Other sets of this style of chairs have been used in churches and Masonic Assembly Temples ( again my research found a set with Masonic crests on). All-round useful chairs for use inside and also perhaps outside (if you believe the labels).

The chairs are in unrestored good vintage condition, having been cleaned and re oiled. There is general wear and tear and I’m not sure whether the dark brown staining is original.

A bit about Thonet -

The Thonet style bentwood chair construction, was officially introduced in 1851 at The Crystal Palace in England. The Industrial Revolution 1760-1820/1840’s saw the shift from traditional craft to modern production. Modern bentwood furniture production – ALL mid century modern pieces are based on exactly the same methods established in this chair more than a century ago. The bentwood furniture industry is classic MODERN furniture design. The lasting aesthetic appeal of bentwood furniture was shared first by the aristocracy, subsequently by the middle classes as well as by the elite avant-garde artists. Kohn and Fishcel worked for Thonet in the original factory before setting up their own furniture companies – David Gabriel Fischel and Alexander Fischel worked in the Nowo-Radomsk factory; one of four factories the Thonet Brothers built, pre 1913 in Polish Russia. Fischels set up their own family factory as did the Kohn Brothers who had a factory in Krakow.

This listing is for a pair of the chairs - we have two pairs in stock currently all four are of the same colouring.

Approximate Measurements

Height 86 cm
Width 41 cm
Depth 52 cm

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