Description & Technical information

Designed and executed by: Gebrüder Thonet, model No 5, Vienna, around 1855–1859

Bent beechwood laminated in nine layers, walnut wood and veneer, stained and polished, four brass wheels, good restored condition

The table and its unique design and composition are an important example of the early works created by Gebrüder Thonet. Its legs are each made of nine layers of laminated bent beechwood. As the previous Thonet tables consisted of bent beechwood laminated in only four to five layers, we would date the design and execution of this masterpiece at around 1855 to 1859.


A slightly varied version of this table features on a Gebrüder Tonet advertising poster from 1859. The table is also depicted on a poster for the 1861 International Exhibition in London.

Date:  around 1855–1859
Period:  19th century
Origin:  Austrian
Medium: Bent beech wood and plywood
Dimensions: 77.5 x 112.5 x 78 cm (30¹/₂ x 44¹/₄ x 30³/₄ inches)
Provenance: private property, Germany

Literature: E. Ottillinger (ed.), Gebrüder Thonet, Möbel aus gebogenem Holz, Vienna, 2003, p. 27; Derek E. Ostergard, 1987, Bent Wood and Metal Furniture, p. 210

Categories: Furniture