Twelve Authentic Art Nouveau Café Chairs by Thonet and J&J Kohn
Sold as a set of 12.
A collection of Austrian secessionist café chairs by Thonet and J&J Kohn that date from the early 1900's.
Six of the chairs have the Thonet makers' mark, five (including one carver) are stamped 'J&J Kohn Wsetin Austria' and one has no visible marking. The single carver has the date 1912 stamped on the frame.
The Thonet brothers and father and son Jacob and Josef Kohn were fierce competitors in the pre-WWI bentwood furniture world. The designs were mass produced since the late 1800's, with parts shipped and assembled on location - a breakthrough in the world of economically and efficiently produced furniture.
This collection (with the possible exception of one unmarked chair) all originate from Austria and, it seems, was carefully curated to make up a set of 12. The likeness of the chairs of the two manufacturers is uncanny, with the slightest differences in seat shapes and heights.
This set was recently valued by Strauss & co. for R30 000.
Condition: Antique but sound, with beautiful patina.Two of the chair frames have visibly been repaired in the past (see detail in the last pictures) and the cane of two are damaged slightly. Not all the screws are authentic.