Learn about Bamboo Furniture

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, there was a revival of the taste for bamboo furniture featuring pseudo oriental styles. Bamboo furniture had been popular in Regency days, but the difference was that, while in Regency days the 'bamboo' legs and other members were generally simulated, that is, the wood was turned and notched, and then painted to look like bamboo, the later pieces were actually made of bamboo.

Bamboo frames often enclosed wickerwork covered wood panels. Numerous articles were produced, including hatstands, shelves, small tables, chests of drawers, (often surmounted by a mirror and a complex of small drawers), and overmantels liberally supplied with mirrors.

Bamboo furniture was mass-produced by several London firms. In a way, it was symbolic of the British Empire. Middle-class people felt comforted using furniture which they believed came from some oriental outpost coloured pink on the map. Some may even have been smug enough to imagine they were doing the natives a favour by patronizing their craft industries.

In recent years there has been a resurgence in the demand for bamboo furniture. more...

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A good gilt bronze bamboo form two tiered trolley table, French, circa 1920, 58 cm high, 58 cm wide, 34 cm deep

A fine Victorian papier mache occasional table, 19th century, in the Aesthetic manner, the ebonised tray style table with slender bamboo legs United by a conforming 'X' form stretcher, decorated to the tray with borders of gilt flowers and foliage.

A carved simulated bamboo giltwood stool, probably English, 19th century, 56 cm high, 51 cm diameter

A 1920s glazed bamboo side cabinet, original glass doors, shelves and top, 102 cm high, 86 cm wide, 33 cm deep

A cast iron bamboo form umbrella stand, French, circa 1920. 60 cm high, 49 cm wide, 23 cm deep

Bamboo armchair bamboo armchair with strong Art Deco elements loose blue linen cushions Australia, c. 1940s. 76 cm high, 79 cm wide, 95 cm deep

Cane Veranda chair Art Deco style, decorative cane and bamboo Belgium, c. 1930s. 107 cm high, 51 cm wide, 70 cm deep

Side chair bamboo chair with cane decoration leather seat with brass caps America, c. 1900s. 109 cm high, 56 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Bamboo and black lacquer side table decorated with Chinoiserie. Provenance: purchased from Thomas Hamel

A pair of simulated bamboo carved beechwood elbow chairs, 20th century (2)

A decorative gilt metal framed wall mirror, rectangular shape, the frame modelled as bamboo; a slender internal frame mimics the outer one. 91 cm x 51 cm

A stylish bamboo and ebonised four drawer tall chest, French, mid 19th century. 150 cm high, 98 cm wide, 43.5 cm deep

A small bamboo chair and a two-tier caned occasional table.

Turquoise enamel cast iron bamboo umbrella stand with drip dray, approx 78 cm high, 52 cm wide

Victorian painted cast iron bamboo umbrella stand with drip tray, approx 60 cm high, 39 cm wide

Pair of early 20th century south East Asian, japanned bamboo hexagonal design hall chairs, approx 93 cm high (2)

A good bamboo carved oak library ladder, French 19th century. 331 cm long, 43 cm wide

Antique Bamboo single door armoire, approx 210 cm high, 96 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A pair of bamboo luggage stools with hessian supports. 43 cm high

A set of French walnut library steps, 19th century, of openwork design, comprising five steps with stylised bamboo stretchers, iron handrail, strapping and X-frame back support, 85 cm deep, 169 cm high

A late Victorian nest of side tables in distressed ebonised bamboo. Height 69 cm. Width 50 cm. Depth 32 cm

An Edwardian ebonised bamboo display cabinet with two glazed doors. Height 132 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 35 cm

A set of six early Victorian mahogany spade back chairs, circa 1835-40, with a typical curved back and a moulded mid rail above a wedge shaped stuffover seat upholstered in an olive green bamboo lattice style fabric and having tapering turned and reeded fr

A pair of William IV mahogany carvers, circa 1840, with a roll over concave shaped backrail, a plain midrail and having swept arms with distinctive 'C' scrolls resting on side rails, with a wedge shaped drop in seat upholstered in an olive green bamboo lat

Oriental bamboo form side table, in painted tortoiseshell finish in need of restoration

A Victorian bamboo and natural fibre two-seater settee, English, circa 1900, and two similar side chairs, settee 90 cm high, 104 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A good 19th century rosewood display cabinet the frame carved in simulated bamboo with side entry revealing two shelves the front with a carved bamboo leaf frieze

A French style circular bamboo centre table 77 cm high, 103 cm deep

A rosewood simulated bamboo glass fronted display cabinet on legs. Height 172 cm. Width 92 cm. Depth 38 cm

A pair of bamboo effect carver chairs in the Georgian style, 90 cm high

A nest of four hardwood tables, 19th/20th century, the rectangular top within a raised frame carved to simulate bamboo extending onto four tapering legs joined by three similar stretchers, the apron carved and pierced with confronted dragons (4) the larges

A Victorian beech folding chair, simulated bamboo with spindle back and original carpet square seat and back.

Victorian tortoiseshell bamboo chest of drawers with swivel mirror, four drawers. Height 176 cm

A vintage Carnival cane tea trolley of Art Deco style, the bamboo frame of circular sides, two glass tiers, traditional coloured binding in red, yellow and green, original casters