Large Rattan Armchairs, France, second half of 20th Century
Large rattan armchairs made in France during the second half of the 20th century. The broad shape of the backrest gives a completely original shape to the armchair which is almost like a throne, reminiscent of the armchairs known as “Emmanuelle”.
At the end of the 19th century in Europe, rattan furniture was very famous under glass roofs and in winter gardens. This new rattan or bamboo furniture is presented at major world exhibitions, thus contributing to the new taste of the day: exoticism. The first sets are imported from China or Indochina. Then
production is expanding in Europe, notably the Perret & Vibert factory in France. The Belle Epoque sounds the golden age of rattan. The new class
urban bourgeois immediately seized this decorative furniture, light and practical at the same time. Rattan was revived in the second half of the 20th century and for some time, between 1950 and 1980, it regained its former fame. Today, rattan is more than ever back on the decorative scene for its practicality, elegant simplicity and naturalness.