Rattan Bench, Perret & Vibert Manufactory, France, end of 19th century
Rattan bench composed of blue and green lines. We find in the decor of the armrets, a stylized cross appearing in a lot of seats created by the Perret & Vibert House. this emblematic model of Perret & Vibert is very elegant, the natural rattan and the painted lines add charm to the bench.
The taste for exoticism during the Second Empire explains the enthusiasm for rattan furniture. It is visible with the massive import of raw materials from Asia to produce furniture that is light and decorative. It was in this favorable context that the great Parisian houses, including the Perret-Vibert house, developed. The latter opened its doors in 1872 in Paris under the name “La maison des bambous”. The radiance of the house is dazzling and it will be rewarded several times at the World Fair.
The rattan furniture is perfectly suited for refined interiors, verandas or other winter gardens. This new space, generally located in front of the house, extends the living room and the dining room. Nature settles in the interiors and harmonizes with the refined interior decoration.