Rattan Chaise Longue, USA, circa 1900
Rattan chaise longue probably made by an American Manufacture at the beginning of the 20th century. The quality of the basketry details at the base of the chaise longue is quite remarkable and testifies to a great know-how for the time.
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.