Lot 1653 in the upcoming Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction at McTear’s is a handsome pair of two tier bentwood plant stands by the company accredited with the invention of bentwood furniture, Thonet.
In 1849, Thonet was founded in Vienna by German-Austrian carpenter Michael Thonet (1796- 1871). The popularity of ‘bentwood’ furniture can be traced back to Thonet, who gained prominence with the successful innovation of bending solid beech wood. The chair which this breakthrough was initiated with – chair No. 14 or the ‘Vienna coffee house chair’ – was the first of a number of popular bentwood designs.
With the beginning of the twentieth century, Secessionist architects began to appreciate the possibilities of bentwood, and to incorporate this into architecture and interior design. German architect and designer Hoffmann (1870- 1956) was one such individual who embraced bentwood to create pieces of a new style.
The attractive pair of Thonet beech plant stands which features in The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction this month are of typical rounded form, and are in fact after Josef Hoffmann. These come with an auction estimate of £400- 600.
The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction takes places every six weeks. Come along to the Valuation Days at McTear’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week for complimentary auction advice.