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Danish DesignThonets

New Replica Steamer Chair


we now have our prototype replica of the classic steamer. 

Made by Grant Newman of Newman Furniture

We have yet to finish the wood, drill the holes for the cane and then cane the seat and back and foot rest.

This prototype is made in Beech.

These will be made to order and, for an additional charge will also be available in Walnut, Iroko or English Oak.

The foot rest is optional as will be an additional piece to use as a side table or as an extension of the footrest.

The price of this chair completed and made in beech, will be around £1700 without the footrest/table.

If you would like further information or more detailed photographs, please send an email.

Our stock is in our 'showroom' attached to the workshop in Buckerell, near Honiton.

We have a large collection of unrestored chairs for sale.  I will be photographing these and putting them up on the website over the next few months.  If you would like to come and see what we have, please give us a ring.

Original Steamer Chairs

We had a growing collection of folding steamer chairs; now we just have the one following fully restored and several waiting for restoration.


 Medium size steamer chair, fully restored.




Small steamer fully restored.  The only one left.  Only suitable for a child or for display/decorative purposes.


(the height of the chair in relation to the door handle gives an idea of the size of the two steamers)

#10 and #11

£350 each or the pair for £650

Both now sold.

Steamer Chairs are so named because they were originally used on steam ships.

The original 'deck chair'.


We sold our last two large steamers (with arms) to the production company who have made the film 'Sherlock Holmes II). 


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An exceedingly rare gilded bentwood childs chair of unknown age; with a surprise in the base.

Not a Thonet but very cute.

The movement has been removed for restoration.


There is a musical movement in the base of the chair.

I have been told that, unfortunately, the present movement comes from the 1950's and is not the original.

The original would have played 2 tunes (airs) and came from the maker

Henri Phalibois of Paris

I am trying to find a replacement of the correct vintage

The movement in place.

There are a couple of broken teeth on the cog in the governor assembly.

It would be great to find another Henri Phalibois 2 airs movement to replace the present one. 

The cane in the seat is very 'shabby chic' as is the rest of the chair.

It is difficult to know whether to restore this chair or leave it in unrestored condition.






A pair of Thonet No. 12s

The latest pair in the collection, currently undergoing major conservation/restoration.

Very early examples.  The paper labels are long gone although there are traces of the glue, now blackened and crumbled, which stuck them to the frame.

This is the early THONET stamp

The holes for the caning on the back and seat are very close together which indicates that the cane used was very fine. 

Another indication of the age of the chairs.

These will be sold as a pair.


A pair of very rare Angels

#163 #164

Thonet No 19   -   Known as 'The Angel Chair'

The chairs have wooden seats; they were never caned. 

The painted one will be stripped and the patina restored to match the other one as closely as possible.

Available unrestored or restored; separately or as a pair. 

Or I may decide to paint them with chalk paint to order.

£80 each unrestored.   £300 each restored to a French polished finish or £200 if painted.

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A very rare and beautiful pair of Thonet No 14s.  In excellent condition

Ebonsied, with incised and "gold enamel lines"

The chairs both have the original early Thonet label and THONET stamp



Detail of gilding








Thonet No 20 or maybe 20½


Now fully restored and recaned.


The cane has now been stained to age it.













Back of chair


See the "Restoration" page for a picture of the seat newly recaned.



Thonet No 20

Not quite a pair to the one above but a good companion.  I believe that

the side supports were an optional extra.

Now back to a caned seat and in lovely condition


Price for the 'pair'





Click here to see the newly caned seat.


The colour is more accurately shown in the above photo #132.




Thonet No 25, known as the 'peacock design'. 

Original (2nd) paper label and stamped on seat frame.



SOLD - my favourite chair :(

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Thonet Kindersessel (Childs chair) No1

25"/63cm high with 'enamelled incised lines'.  A miniature version of the pair at the top of the page. 


Feb 2016:    I do know of another one of these for sale so please email if you would like details of the seller.



Thonet Kinderfauteuil (Childs Armchair) No 15

12½"/32cm high

The cutest little Thonet you could wish for

All restored.  Cane not stained but this can be done to order.




Bearing the label in use up to 1921. 

This model does not appear in the 1904 catalogue, therefore must date from between 1904 and 1921

£350 when restored




Drehfauteuil (desk armchair) No 1/5501

The back and seat were originally caned and will be again.

£250 unrestored

£850 restored





#139 Similar style to #76 but perhaps a bit later.

This is from a set of 4 in as yet unrestored condition.

£400 for the set unrestored

£2000 restored



#124 Musical chair

Not a Thonet but very cute.

This chair has a mechanism in the seat which makes it play a tune when sat upon. 

The movement has been removed for restoration.


 Newly caned seat of  #18 Thonet No 25 the Peacock' chair

Back to the Thonet Peacock chairs

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Other chairs for sale


Simply amazing mahogany 'library' chair





Barley twist Desk Chair






A selection of bedroom/occasional chairs.

Prices vary from £35 to £150


Tiny rustic rocking chair

Price   £20

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Childs caned tub chair.     Previous restoration and caning.

Decorative/dolls use only.




A selection of items in our old showroom in Maidenhead




One from a set of 4 South African hardwood, possibly blackwood.

Riempie seats - white bovine leather thonging.

Riempies available by mail order

£750 now £500 ono for the set





'Grandpa' Windsor type slat back armchair.

Beech with elm seat.




One of a pair of  Dark Oak Dining Chairs









Victorian Bedroom Chair





Edwardian Beech Nursing Chair





Childs Liberty style Lattice Back chair.

Newly rushed seat in Thames rushes







Childs Liberty style chair reseated with Thames rushes







Childs Liberty style wavy back chair.





#141 -

Aesthetic Movement Ebonised childs chair


now £140



# 142

A very special bobbin turned high backed childs chair.




Childs bentwood chair.   No 14 style - NOT a Thonet

Re-caned seat.


now £80




Golden oak piano or dressing stool with barley twist legs.

Recaned seat.






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'Monks bench'. Storage compartment in seat.

Made from old reclaimed pine.   Quirky and useful!







Childs rustic fruitwood chair.

New Thames rush seat.


now £120


Pair of miniature stools.


Danish Design
Now restored pictures coming soon.  

# 110

Set of four teak Danish chairs designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold.

The seats have been rewoven with Danish cord and the woodwork restored to the original oil finish which gives a beautiful soft sheen.

£1450  £900 ONO

# 110 before restoration


Restored Restored back view
Currently for sale on Ebay
Restored Restored seats

# 74

Pair of teak Danish chairs designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold

The seats have been rewoven with Danish cord and the woodwork restored to the original oil finish which gives a beautiful soft sheen.

Side view of the same pair


On their way to Euclid Midcentury in New Zealand

  One of the above chairs before it was restored.

For details of costs of restoration see Danish Cord on the  Information and Pricing page

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Adjustable backrest made of Ash


now £70





Child size balloon back chair






Childs painted chair with rush seat.

£80  now £70


Adult Wycombe bow chair. 




Child's ebonised Wycombe bow



#113  Before

#113 After


Aesthetic movement ebonised caned chair.  Newly caned seat, coloured to give aged appearance.


Detail of little bird with mistletoe.




#114  Before


#114 After


From the same nest as #113 but with a close caned seat.


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#101 Library Chair



Beech library chair.  Single caned throughout - 3 panels with a daisy pattern in the centre of the back. 

Original seat with new beige dralon top cover





Oak Fender stool re-rushed with Thames rushes


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Edward VII Coronation Stool with ER depicted in a daisy pattern.


Stamp on the underside of the seat frame

All items for sale have been restored and reseated as necessary and are described as accurately as possible.

Please remember that although restored, these chairs are antiques and should be treated with respect. 

The average person 100 years ago was somewhat smaller and considerably lighter than most of us today!!


Awaiting Restoration


We also have a large selection of small bedroom chairs available. 
These make excellent restoration projects for evening classes.

If you would like to come and see what we have in our showroom, please ring or send an email to make an appointment.


Unrestored Steamer Chair

£650 when restored


Unrestored Steamer Chair



Dutch Country Oak Rushed Chair 

£150 when restored


Superb and very rare

Walnut Corner or Reading Chair  - 

£600 unrestored

£1200 restored



Very handsome oak  Tub Chair

£500 - when restored




English Country Ladderback Rushed Nursing Chair   

£150 - when restored


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Mahogany armchair with medallion back

and double caned arms. 

Labelled "Maple & Co"

See above



Rare Thonet, labelled and with the original very fine cane in the back panel.  Seat cane is not original.

Both need replacing to make it useable.


A very pretty Victorian heart back


Under restoration at present

£150 when completed



Pair of Thonet No 14 cafe chairs - with a difference.

 Now finished -see above    SOLD


Pair of very delicate Victorian ladies chairs.

£80 unrestored

£500 restored


Not a Wegner but maybe an Ebert Wels who, according to some, designed this in 1928 and Wegner copied it!

The original cord is flax flag halyard. 

 After much searching and surfing, I have found a suitable flag halyard with which to restring the chair.


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Now restored - see above



Ebonised with painted bird and mistletoe.

From the same nest as #114 below!

Now fully restored - see above


One of a pair of simulated rosewood Regency Chairs

£100 unrestored



Very pretty ebonised chair with a close-caned seat and little painted panel of a bird and mistletoe.

Now in the process of being recaned

Now fully restored - see above



One of a  pair of rather sad ebonised side chairs

£50 as seen or £800 when restored


Childs mahogany rocking chair.

Originally this would have been on a stand/table and have had a foot rest and restraining rod through the arms.

The rockers were put on about 75 years ago.

Needing far more restoration than it appears in this photo.

£20 unrestored

£600 restored



Camel-back Hepplewhite style chair with drop-in seat.

 £30 as seen or £250 - when restored

Would be a good candidate for painting!


Three early C18th provincial French chairs - needing major restoration.

(Very shabby chic!)

Ideal candidates for painting - as would be originally.

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