Object/Item in the collections of World Museum Liverpool
Oct 2, 2015
Date of creation:
Early 20th century?
Museum accession number: 1991.121.104
Catalogue text: A rattan single chair, the whole pierced and latticed, the front legs of slender cabriole form united by a cross stretcher to the splayed back legs
Rattan is a generic name for more than 600 types of palm. It is also sometimes called Manila or Malacca, after two of the chief ports from which it was shipped to Europe. Read the Wikipedia entry for rattan.
The Larrinaga shipping company had sailed between Liverpool and Manila, via Singapore, since the 1860s. The family had representatives in Manila and at staging points en route for many years; Their collection of decorative Asian items would probably have come through these connections.