Settee

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1897-1905

GUSN

GUSN-191006

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

settees
multiple-seating furniture
rattan
Settee

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.
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)

Object Type

Furniture

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1992.159.3

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Gardner (Worcester county, Massachusetts)