I’m also a fan of Victorian wicker and own a nice Heywood-Wakefield chair in natural finish and two huge “peacock” painted wicker chairs that I keep out on the front porch. I like having variety in my antique collection and decorative wicker is oftentimes a niche that people don’t explore or avoid altogether. Wicker gets a bad rap due to what has been made in the last 20-30 years, but the product from the Victorian era is a different animal altogether. It’s hard, however, to find pieces in good condition.
This chair above is currently for sale on Ebay starting at $450 and is located in Daytona, FL. What’s amazing is the condition of this piece, down to the original label underneath: “W. F. Whitney & Co. South Ashburnham Mass.” The seat caning is not broken through as many of these are. Certainly a nice example. Bidding ends February 3rd.