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Rocking Chair

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Rocking Chair

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Gebrüder Thonet, Vienna, Austria, 1853-1921, manufacturer

Date

after 1885

Medium

Beech and cane

Accession #

1999.126

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Bentwood furniture by European manufacturer Gebrüder Thonet influenced much of twentieth-century European and American furniture design and has become indelibly linked with innovation in nineteenth-century furniture production. Although first created in Austria in the 1840s and ’50s, Thonet bentwood furniture was almost immediately imported, retailed, and widely used in the United States. The rocking chair form was made specifically for the American market.

Credit

Gift of Sara and Paul N. Steinfeld