Rocking Chair No. 5 Manufacturer: Thonet Brothers (founded ca. 1840)

ca. 1876

American Decorative Arts

In 1830 the Austrian Michael Thonet began experimenting with bending wood, and by the 1840s, his bentwood furniture was receiving much attention and praise. His firm aimed their product at an international market, with promotional materials printed in German, French, and English. The firm displayed their furniture at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876, where Walton Agnew bought this example.




41 × 19 × 43 in. (104.1 × 48.3 × 109.2 cm)
seat: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Stockwell

Accession Number



19th century


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Walton Agnew (1825-1913), Kennett Square, Pa., purchased at the International Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia (1876), according to David Stockwell; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Stockwell, Wilmington, Del.
  • Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 269, no. 252, ill
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Object/Work type

rocking chairs


Branded "THONET" on the inner face of the bottom of the back frame.

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