Blue Rattan Sofa, Perret & Vibert, France, circa 1880

Blue rattan sofa composed of blue, green and natural colors. 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. 

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.