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Settee

Description

Settee. Woven rattan and velvet upholstery. Petal-shaped back. Scrolls and wooden beads. Rests on cabriole front legs and tapered back legs.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Wicker furniture was aptly suited to the new taste for a lighter, less cluttered look that appeared at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1897, the nation's two largest producers of wicker merged to form the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company, with factories and warehouses across the United States and in England, resulting in a virtual world-wide monopoly.<br/> Henry and Cora Laverty of Medfield, Massachusetts, purchased these two pieces along with a wicker rocking chair as part of a set. It is unusual to find wicker seating furniture with its original printed plush upholstery fabric. Surprisingly, given their remarkable condition, these were used in the Laverty family's parlor for nearly a century.
Maker
Heywood-Wakefield Co. (Maker)
Date
1897-1905
Material
rattan
Object type
Furniture
Places
Gardner (Worcester county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
multiple-seating furniture
rattan
Settee
settees
Accession Number
1992.159.3
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
191006

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