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A work made of maple and bird's-eye maple.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of maple and bird's-eye maple.


c. 1890


Attributed to R. J. Horner and Company
American, active 1886–c. 1915
New York

About this artwork

Imported into the United States as early as the 1860s, East Asian bamboo furniture inspired the manufacture of Western forms such as this faux-bamboo desk and matching chair (2003.11), which clearly reference Chinese and Japanese materials, motifs, and styles. Bamboo wares reached the height of their popularity after the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, where Japan’s display of bamboo furniture garnered much public attention. As the Aesthetic movement intensified the demand for Asian-inspired decorative arts and interiors, American manufacturers began using local materials to produce faux-bamboo furniture in an attempt to compete with foreign imports. Firms such as R. J. Horner and Company advertised suites of faux-bamboo furniture such as this one as most appropriate for the dining rooms and bedrooms of country houses.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 273


R. J. Horner and Company (Manufacturer)




New York


c. 1890


Maple and bird's-eye maple


174.6 × 46.4 × 67.3 cm (68 3/4 × 17 1/2 × 26 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Quinn E. Delaney fund

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