Pair of bentwood thonet chairs from 1930s/40s with an Art Deco rosewood table from the 1930s
Michael Thonet (1796 – 1871) was a German-Austrian cabinetmaker, known for the invention of bentwood furniture. Thonet was able to make light, strong wood bent into curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam. This enabled him to design innovative, elegant, lightweight, durable and comfortable furniture, which was a complete departure from the heavy, carved designs of the past – and whose aesthetic and functional appeal remains to this day. Size of chairs; height 29½", width 16", depth 17", seat height 17".
At the back is a serigraph of Durga on canvas by Manjit Bawa.