Set of Six Art Deco Dining Chairs

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Set of 6 Art Deco dining chairs, manufactured by De Coene Freres of Belgium, each with a laminated and pierced back, the slip seat covered in beige/white linen, on square tapering legs. (Model #235, PARIS)

Seat depth is 18"

Belgium c. 1948
34" tall x 20" wide x 23" deep

Price: $8,500 set 

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These stylish chairs were manufactured by de Coene Freres of Belgium. In 1888 brothers Jozef and Adolphe de Coene took over the small family interior design business in Flanders and by 1900 they were producing furniture. By 1920 it was Belgium's largest furniture manufacturer. Their outstanding craftsmanship and use of high quality, exotic materials won them international awards. The company exhibited at the 1925 Paris International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts with great success.

The chairs are from a line of dining room furniture called PARIS. (The backs are almost certainly inspired by the Louis XV crossed L's seen on the Sevres porcelain mark.) They are Model 235, a drawing of which is posted here.

They're made from an African hardwood called iroko (or kambala). Hard and difficult to work, iroko was chosen for its durability as well as its grain. De Coene Freres became noted for their high quality laminate work and by 1958 were producing architectural laminations. Note the backs of these chairs, made from a sheet of curved laminate. The detail photo, shot from above (just before the drawing in the thumbnail gallery), shows the fine 8-layer lamination.

REFERENCE
Judith Miller with Nicholas M Dawes, "At t Deco", 2005, p.32.
Image and additional information, Mr Nol HOSTENS (Archives De Coene Frres).

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