Very rare, museum piece. We have never seen an original Thonet correction chair on the market. This is an exceptional example of a Thonet Childs "Correction Chair" Circa 1825 featuring a bowed back and turned supports with beautiful patination to the wood, and a shaped caned seat in excellent antique condition. These deportment or correction chairs are also known as the Astley Cooper chairs. It was the invention of Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841), a surgeon and anatomist. He developed it to correct faulty posture in children: the design of the chair forces children to sit on it correctly. Good posture meant keeping a straight back and upright head and moving in a dignified and elegant way. It was considered very important, partly for medical reasons but also for discipline.
As a genuine antique there is wear and use commensurate with age. Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items. All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores