Bamboo and wicker was the material of preference in Edwardian times. This added to the already delicate and breezy nature of the style and the lines seen in this piece are a real contrast to those seen in the heavier more ornamental high-Victorian style.
By the early 20th century, Leicestershire in England was established as Britain’s rattan weaving region, mainly thanks to Arts and Crafts Movement enthusiast Harry Peach, who founded Dryad Cane Furniture in Leicester in 1907. Peach set up the firm along with Benjamin Fletcher who had just returned from Austria where he had absorbed the influences of Moser, Hoffmann and Behrens for example. The firm employed over 50 workers and moved in 1911 to large new premises in St Nicholas Street, Leicester. The success of Dryad encouraged rivals to imitate its approach and new businesses to set up in competition.
Perfect for the garden, orangery, conservatory or indeed, the kitchen, this set are rare and prove highly decorative.