Set of 6 #17 Gebruder Thonet Style Black & Natural Tall Bentwood Chairs by Salvatore Leone

$3,995

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Amazing set of 6 (four side chairs and two armchairs) tall back bentwood chairs in black with natural cane. They are style #17 and #1017 designed by Gebruder Thonet. This set was produced by Slavatore Leone. In wonderful vintage condition. But not without beautiful signs of age patina including scratches, nicks, and dings to the paint. The caning has been replaced in one of the side chairs. It has been stained. The others are all good and original. There is a slight color difference in all the caning as would be expected. Please see photos. Although designed and originally produced in 1876, these are circa early 20th century.

Armed Chair: Note: measures vary on these chairs these are average measures.

  • Height – 42.75 Inches
  • Width – 21.75 Inches
  • Depth – 19 Inches
  • Seat Height – 18-18.5 Inches
  • Arm Height – 27.5 Inches
  • Inside Seat Width – 18.25 Inches
  • Inside Seat Depth – 17 Inches
  • Inside Back Height – 25.25 Inches
  • Weight – 10 Pounds Each

 

Side Chair: Note: measures vary on these chairs these are average measures.

  • Height – 42.75 Inches
  • Width – 18 Inches
  • Seat Height – 18.5 Inches
  • Inside Seat Width – 18 Inches
  • Inside Seat Depth – 17.25 Inches
  • Inside Back Height – 25 Inches
  • Weight – 8.7 Pounds Each

 

Crated Size:

  • Height – 54 Inches
  • Width – 71 Inches
  • Depth – 28 Inches
  • Weight – 270 Pounds
DESIGNER

MAKER

LINE/COLLECTION

Bentwood #17 and #1017

STYLE / PERIOD

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MATERIALS

Bentwood, Paint, Caning

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

CIRCA

Early 20th Century

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How can a chair be antique and modern at the same time?? When it is a gorgeous Thonet designed bentwood chair it can. This awesome timeless chair was first produced by Gebruder Thonet and exhibited at the American Centennial Exhibition 1876 in Philadelphia. This set of six chairs, consisting of four side chairs and two armchairs, are marked Made in Italy  and have the SAL label of Salvatore Leone meaning they were made circa early 20th century. Their steam bent beach wood frames are painted black and have a tall arched back with an oval secondary frame with the typical Thonet cane insert as the back support with a smaller circle between the top of the oval and the arch of the frame. There is a half-circle at the base of the oval back rest. The seats are also caned, and they have the standard Thonet style legs and support rails. The combination is simply stunning! The two armchairs have the signature Thonet spiral swirl as well. I think they may be my favorite bentwood chair ever.

Salvatore Leone from Modena, Northern Italy, was a furniture maker in the early 20th century known for high quality furniture making. But…using the designs of other well-known companies and designers. And only one of the high-end furniture makers who copied and created Thonet iconic designs. This furniture was made of the highest standards and is sought after in its own right as well as Thonet pieces. His family members, as well as he, were master craftsmen of furniture, cabinetry, coaches, and boats until his death in the late 1970s.

Thonet was founded by Michael Thonet. Michael was born in 1796 and was apprenticed by his father to a cabinetmaker. Shortly after he married, Michael opened his one-man cabinetmaking shop creating furniture and cabinetry in the traditional manner by carving the needed parts and then joining them together. In 1830 he began experimenting with bending wood into curved shapes and thus began a successful furniture company that has remained continually in operation for nearly 200 years. Thonet’s early work was very Biedermeier in style and not made for the common man. Gradually his designs became more Art Nouveau. In 1851 his chairs for the Crystal Palace at the London World’s Fair won a prize medal and by the late 1850s he began to make his first “consumer” chair. In 1875, a year before Michael’s death, Thonet’s five factories made 620,000 chairs. Then in 1876 after his death the company became Gebruder Thonet. But all was not roses. In 1869 the Thonet patents lapsed and by 1893 there were 52 bentwood companies in Europe. However, Thonet persevered. They branched out. They merged. They added designs by Le Corbusier and Breuer and alternative materials such as tubular chrome in place of bentwood to their offerings. Business boomed and waned through the years and there was even a Thonet revival, so to speak, beginning in the 1940s on into the mid-20th century. Till today, in the 21st century, Thonet is still a furniture company to be reckoned with almost 200 years later.

This ever so versatile chair will blend with or enhance almost any design style you may have from mid-century modern to traditional and from Bauhaus to Art Deco to Industrial. You just need to make them yours. Then choose a table…maybe one we have listed as well.

Details

DESIGNER

MAKER

LINE/COLLECTION

Bentwood #17 and #1017

STYLE / PERIOD

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MATERIALS

Bentwood, Paint, Caning

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

CIRCA

Early 20th Century