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AN EXTREMELY UNUSUAL BONE MODEL POSSIBLY OF THE THONET BOILER

Vienna. Circa 1850.

Measurements

Height: 19" (48 cm)
Width: 13 1/2" (34.5 cm)
Depth: 15 3/4" (40 cm)

Research

Of bone. The boiler with finely crafted details of the furnace and intricate steaming mechanism.

The current piece is a model of the boiler developed by the innovative furniture maker Michael Thonet (1796-1871). The boiler was central to Thonet’s development of a process of bending wood which allowed his furniture to be constructed of unbroken curving sections, often in forms of great complexity.

Thonet was born in 1796 at Boppard in Prussia on the banks of the Rhine. In 1819, at the age of 23, he opened his own workshop, initially manufacturing furniture by entirely conventional means. However, through the course of the 1830s Thonet began to develop his process of manufacturing furniture from bent wood.

In 1840 he obtained his first patent for a process of gluing thin veneer strips together to create sections which could then be steamed and bent in wooden moulds, a process which allowed for the standardized production of each section. The success of this technique established Thonet’s reputation, producing designs, known as Boppard furniture, which in their curving sections exhibited an elegance that effortlessly combined form and technique.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.