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

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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.) Model 235, the designer's drawing is posted here.

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

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

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