Large Rattan Armchair, Perret and Vibert, France, circa 1880
This large rattan armchair from Perret and Vibert evokes the taste of the winter gardens of the last century. With its “X” spacer and its cane so particular on the seat, this large rattan armchair combines several perfectly mastered techniques. The raw rattan frame with both woven and tightly woven cane coating testify to the remarkable finish of the furniture. Light and functional, this large rattan armchair combines harmony of curved lines and rational use of material that perfectly suits refined interiors as well as verandas or other conservatories.
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.