Exceptional Rattan Set, Perret and Vibert, end of 19th century, France 

This exceptional rattan set by the Perret and Vibert house evokes the taste of the winter gardens of the last century. With their”X” spacers and their traditional caneing on the seat, the armchairs and chairs combine several perfectly mastered techniques. The raw rattan frames with both woven and tightly woven cane upholstery testify to the remarkable finish of the furniture. Light and functional, this set combines harmony of curved lines and rational use of material that adapts perfectly to refined interiors as well as verandas or other conservatories. It is composed of two benches, two armchairs and four chairs.

Rattan furniture developed in the second half of the 19th century, especially during the Second Empire, with the fashion of exoticism. The rattan vogue developed at the same time as the rise of tourism and the multiplication of fashionable holiday resorts. The members of the imperial family, notably Princess Mathilde, were to equip their palaces and residences with winter gardens with whimsical decorations turned towards nature. As a result, new materials such as bamboo or rattan appear in decoration to quickly become essential elements of a fashion that is experiencing unprecedented success.

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