Thonet Chairs Extras

More Thonet chair sightings, in art, comics, magazine covers, etc.
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Johann Strauss II at the Court Ball


Theo Zasche

Wikimedia Commons

At the Moulin Rouge


Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

Wikimedia Commons

Historical Photo



“Gamblers enjoying a game at the Faro table at the White Elephant Saloon in Bingham, Utah, 1906”

A Wild Bunch of drinkers Daily Mail (UK)

Original higher-resolution image courtesy of the Utah Historical Society.


The chair appears to be in the Thonet No. 19 group, with the upper inner loop shaped like the No. 14.

Interior with Thonet Chair

ca 1908

Sándor Galimberti

Wikimedia Commons

Interior with a Violin Case (Detail)


Henri Matisse

Matisse included Thonet chairs in other paintings as well, for example, Woman with Umbrella 1919-1920 and Les Persiennes 1919.

This is a Thonet No. 20.

Man Test Laboratory


National Archives and Records Administration

Soldiers testing gas masks at the American University Experiment Station.

The chairs are Thonet No. 18 with the old-style circular leg brace.

Public domain photo from the National Archives and Records Administration. Cropped to highlight Thonet Chairs

Paris Café


Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Thonet No. 56 with later curved braces

French chef Auguste Escoffier, seen here at a cafe in 1921, helped to found the Ritz Hotel, where Ernest Hemingway was a longtime regular.

The Blue Lotus


(Georges Remi)


Early in The Blue Lotus, in the Occidental Private Club, Thonet S 533 chairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Thonet in1927.

Later, in a hospital, Thomson is sitting on a Thonet No. 14, the classic Vienna café chair.

Tintin and the Picaros


(Georges Remi)

The coatstand Hergé illustrated on page 18 of Tintin and the Picaros is very similar to a Thonet Kleiderstock No. 4 and the Café Daum Kleiderstock. It’s a bit odd in the setting, a modern hotel room with modern furniture.

On page 58, two empty Thonet No. 18 chairs are shown, recently occupied by Thompson and Thomson.

The Broken Ear


(Georges Remi)

Tintin conversing with Don José Trujillo.

The chairs are Thonet B 34 armchairs.

Bad Time at Honda


Robert Fawcett, Illustrator

The film Bad Day at Black Rock, 1955, was based on a 1947 short story Bad Time at Honda in The American Magazine written by Howard Breslin and illustrated by Robert Fawcett.


The three chairs in the foreground are Thonet No. 18.


Femme Dans Un Rocking-Chair


Pablo Picasso

Picasso painted several variations, all based on his own Thonet rocking chair.

Bentwood Rocking Chairs includes images of another Picasso painting and a photo of Picasso in his Thonet Rocking chair. The page also includes several Thonet rocking chairs in other paintings.

Thonet Chair and Carpet


Avigdor Arikha

Thonet Chair and Carpet, by Avigdor Arikha, 1991

This is a Thonet No. 4, designed by Michael Thonet in 1849 for Café Daum in Vienna.

From Wikiart

Summer Ending


Raimonda Jatkeviciute Kasparaviciene

This Lithuanian painter has created several paintings featuring Thonet chairs. This one is a Thonet No. 14.

See more on Fine Art America.

Taming Trump


Barry Blitt


A Thonet No. 18 wielded by Kellyanne Conway

Illustration by Barry Blitt for:
Taming Trump
By Ryan Lizza
The New Yorker
10/17/2016 issue


The illustration appears to be inspired by one or more of the many photos of Clyde Beatty performing with lions. Most photos show him using a Thonet No. 18 (with the older circular leg brace), possibly because he could get his arm through the back and handle the chair with one arm.

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