Heywood Brothers natural rattan armchair, USA, 1900
This beautiful armchair is a proof of the excellence of the American rattan craftsmanship. The natural color of the rattan and its weaving make it a practical and decorative piece. It was made in the early twentieth century in the Heywood Brothers factory in the USA.
Rattan furniture developed in the second half of the nineteenth century, especially under the Second Empire, with the fashion of exoticism. New materials such as bamboo and rattan appeared in decoration and quickly became 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.