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Child's Rocking Chair
1898-1921
Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company
USA: Massachusetts, Gardner
Wood; wicker
overall: 28 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 22 in.; 72.39 x 47.625 x 55.88 cm
Gift of Barbara G. Mason
84.25.2

Child's natural-colored wicker rocking chair with curved arms and back. Show surface has been painted light gold/beige.


In the late 1800s, rattan furniture enjoyed huge popularity. Rattan, which grows as climbing palm in Asia, was inexpensive, durable and light. It was also easy to shape into a variety of forms, ranging from the practical and to the fanciful. Rattan furniture makers developed machines that helped them produce rattan furniture efficiently and inexpensively in factory settings. Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company made this chair at their factory in Gardner, Massachusetts. "Invention and Innovation in the Decorative Arts" June 2016 - ongoing



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