Pair of rattan armchairs Art Deco style – France, circa 1920
This natural rattan set consists of a pair of armchairs with rolled arms. Its sober Art Deco style gives it a rare charm. It was made at the beginning of the 20th century in France.
Rattan furniture developed in the second half of the 19th century, especially under the Second Empire, with the fashion of exoticism. New materials such as bamboo or rattan appeared 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.