This is a gorgeous early 60s cantilevered 'Cesca' armchair produced in Italy by GAVINA for Stendig.
Designed by Marcel Breuer in 1920s, it was first produced by Thonet, as the B32 Chair.
-until World War II.
In the 50's Dino Gavina, a furniture manufacturer in Foligno, Italy, started making the chair with Breuer's permission. The name also changed; its namesake is Breuer's daughter Francesca, or Cesca. "It was Dino who named the chair after her," Constance Breuer, the architect's widow, said.
High production values & modifications made by Breuer are all present in this pre-1965 seating. While the the caning is still hand sewn onto the frames, the curve of the chair's back became shallower and its bentwood frame was two pieces rather than one, for strength. The seat's front edge does not slope as much as it did in the Thonet examples, the bolts are smaller. The curve of the metal near the bottom of the chair's back is slightly sharper than that of the Knoll Group's chair. The caps of the tubes are brazed - the metal is annealed with heat -- and a mandrel is used to maintain the tubing form from flattening at the bends & floor.
This is a prime example of this classic Breuer collaborated/overseen reproduction-before KNOLL bought Gavina in '68-& the form met with further modifications. Most less expensive repros of today are based on the KNOLL versions.
In wonderful condition, this is in original form & condition; no pitting, rust or decay. The original caning is intact, & the black finish on arms, seat & back show only minor, age commensurate 'honest wear'; clean w/no major detractions.
This is a great seating piece of 20C Functional Modernist design- in very good/original unrestored vintage condition.
** Also available are a companion armchair- showing Beech grain only- no black + a Beech side chair (armless) in excellent condition. Inquiries for the group of 3 are welcome.
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