Pair of Rare Antique Thonet Bentwood Armchairs

ORIGIN: Austria
AGE: Early 20th century
DIMENSIONS: 19” wide x 20” deep x 31” h; Seat: 16.75” diameter x 18.25” h
MATERIALS: Beechwood; metal screws
CONDITION: Very good; sturdy, tight joints; wear consistent with age and use; a few screws have been replaced on lower back; a few scratches on backs; one dent on arm – see photo.


These rare and stylish bentwood armchairs were made by Thonet, the famous Austrian company that patented the process for making bentwood furniture in the mid-1800s. This style of chair is akin to a corner chair with the legs being offset of the norm with one in front, one in back and one on each side. The seats and backs are made of wood slats.  A rare form for Thonet.

While made in Austria, these chairs have labels on the undersides from the E. Alloggi Company in Torino, which was the retailer that sold the chairs. The chairs also have stamps from the Thonet factory, reading simply “Thonet.” See photos.