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johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

an original modern chair score



it is perhaps no secret that i am a modern furniture nerd.

and i have no business buying more furniture right about now.

but dig, i could not pass this up. what seems like an original eames plywood (DCW) chair, obviously for an institutional use, found adjacent to the waverly farmer's market this morning. upon further input from knowledgeable sources, we found that it is a THONET chair, which was contemporary with eames, and perhaps even inspiratory to - ? and we thought we were only buying fruit for pie.


wot makes it the cooler is that it is not only from this town, but from an institution not more than a couple miles from me ~ sinai hospital.

the still extant shipping thingie sez:

from THONET INDUSTRIES INC
ONE PARK AVENUE - NEW YORK 16, NY

R. Mars, The Contract Co.
112 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore 1, Md.
#6167-68 For: Sinai Hospital

hell yeah! and since the above has no zip code, we can be assured that this chair's vintage is from at least 1963. the zone codes above were apparently implemented for larger cities from 1943 until the 60s.


the brass plaque on the back ain't too bad neither.

all in all, a pretty sweet score and relatively affordable to boot.



2 Comments:

Anonymous tiki totem poles said...

Great modern chair. Especially for 60 bucks. Looks like you made out like a bandit.

8:46 PM  
Blogger jeffrey said...

Hi there. Research Michael Thonet, and you will discover much!

Originators of mass-manufactured bentwood furniture long before the Eamses. Their cafe chairs are ubiquitous.

Also their predominant style changed at some point in the first half of the 20th century, possibly, as you noted, in response to the Eamses, to the shape of chair that you have, and they made many different varieties including upholstered, of which I own 2. Great chairs, and its cool to see an austere version such as yours.

4:43 AM  

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