Rattan Bench With Basketry Decor Perret and Vibert, France, circa 1880
Rattan bench with fine basketry detail. This bench comes from the Perret and Vibert workshops and was probably made at the end of the 19th century. The weave of the rattan, the spacers in x and the basketwork decoration on the back is typical of the manufacture. The colors of this rattan bench are natural and blue. The raw rattan frames with both woven and tightly woven cane upholstery testify to the remarkable finish of the furniture. Light and functional, this rattan bench combines harmony of curved lines and rational use of material that adapts perfectly to 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.