SET OF 4 THONET #18 BISTRO CHAIRS
This is an amazing example of antique Thonet bistro chairs. This is the #18. This style is much sturdier than the #14 and these are sturdy. These bent wood chairs became famous at the end of the 19th C and were created using steam to bend the wood. This set has the original honey stain finish and an embossed palmetto designed "laminate" seat. They would layer the beachwood to make the seats sturdier. There is a numbered stamp on the base of each seat and back. Once completed in Poland, they were taken apart and then reinstalled to save on shipping costs to the US. The stamps made sure that they were installed with the correct top and botom. Each chair has a pull in the back where the joined wood has lost some bend. It doesn't affect the chair. Each chair has a "POLAND" stamp in black underneath. These were probably produced between 1900-1920. Each chair measures 17.25"W, 16.5"D and 35"H. The seat is 19"H. They are still produced today by a company named TON which is the congolomeration of Thonet, Jacob, Kohn and Mundus AG.