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American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: Thonet Brothers, founded ca. 1840

Rocking Chair No. 5

ca. 1876


41 × 19 × 43 in. (104.1 × 48.3 × 109.2 cm)
seat: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Stockwell
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.
Made in Austria
19th century

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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