Bamboo sideboard with green border, late 19th century
This beautiful bamboo buffet is inspired by Asian art. The details of the bamboo are drawn in the handles. It was made towards the end of the 19th century in France.
The bamboo furniture develops in the second half of the nineteenth century, especially under the Second Empire, with the fashion of exoticism. New materials such as bamboo or rattan appear in the decoration to quickly become essential elements. After an eclipse under the Empire and the Restoration, caning reappeared under Napoleon III and was a resounding success. The Second Empire saw the manufacture of caned seats on frames made entirely of rattan. Around 1900, this furniture takes off with the decision of several French manufacturers to import massively the raw materials from China and Indochina to then realize furniture with the taste of the day always lighter and more decorative.