Bent back, long curved seat, curved rockers and arm rests

Rocking chaise, model no. 7500, c. 1880

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Still eye-catching today, this chaise is constructed of carefully bent beech wood that seems to writhe beneath the back and seat, creating motion even at a standstill. In the mid-1800s, Thonet set a precedent as the first company to make well-designed, mass-produced furniture that was widely distributed throughout Europe. But because this rocking chaise required considerable space, it was a status object for those with large and affluent homes.

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Attribued to August Thonet, Rocking chaise (#141)
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Title
Rocking chaise, model no. 7500
Artist Life
1829–1910
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.262
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Bent back, long curved seat, curved rockers and arm rests