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Rocking Chair

Attributed to: Heywood Brothers and Company (active Gardner, Massachusetts, 1826-1897)

Date: c. 1890
Medium: Wood, rattan
Overall: 39 × 27 1/2 × 36in. (99.1 × 69.9 × 91.4cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2021.7
Label Text
Wicker furniture gained tremendous popularity in the nineteenth century due to its lightweight and versatile properties. Rattan, inexpensive enough to be available to a growing middle class, was woven in graceful patterns to meet the stylistic demands of the day. This lady's rocking chair with fan-shaped back and scroll and filigree designs in original dark stain is attributed to Heywood Brothers, a preeminent wicker furniture producer in nineteenth-century America. In 1897 Heywood Brothers merged with their rival Wakefield Company, and today the company still produces furniture under the name Heywood-Wakefield Company.