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Dining Chair

A work made of walnut and beech with modern velvet upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of walnut and beech with modern velvet upholstery.


c. 1870


Theophil Hansen
Danish, 1813-1891

About this artwork

While architect and interior designer Theophil Hansen incorporated classical elements into his furniture designs, he also embraced contemporary advances in manufacturing, including the use of steam to bend solid and laminated wood, as seen in the curved forms of this chair’s back.

Laminated bentwood furniture is most closely associated with the Viennese firm Gebrüder Thonet, the first manufacturers to produce bentwood on an industrial scale. When Thonet’s patent expired in 1869, however, others such as Hansen and Jacob and Josef Kohn were able to experiment with new designs using the technique.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Theophilus Edvard von Hansen


Dining Chair


Austria (Object made in)

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Walnut and beech with modern velvet upholstery


89.2 × 46.4 × 61 cm (35 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 24 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buchbinder Fund

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