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CHECKMATE!!!! Aren’t these vintage King and Queen wall hangings GORGEOUS??? We certainly think so!! They are comprised of carved red cedar busts on pressboard surrounded by an orange linen-like border and a beautifully stained wood frame. Witco pieces were individually chainsaw carved out of beautiful red cedar and at 4 ft. tall including the frame, these are large scale, and they are FANTASTIC! In our research we discovered a 1968 Witco catalog with many of their furniture and art pieces being used in famous Tiki Bars and Lounges around the US. During that time, Tiki style took the world by storm! And Elvis decorated his famed Jungle Room at Graceland with Tiki furniture and décor from Witco!! How cool is that?? These wall hangings would be a wonderful addition in an entertainment or game room, on the wall behind your Tiki bar on your Lanai, but they would also bring just the right touch of Island Tiki Style to any room in your home.

In 1958, a small importing company called Western International Trading Co. was founded in Washington State. Founders of Western International Trading Co (or Witco, as it’s more commonly known today) William Westenhaver, Robert Cookson and William’s cousin Robert Post Jr. started by importing art and mosaics from South and Central America, as well as paintings and sculptural art from lesser-known American artists.  But soon, William Westenhaver suggested they make their own tropical-inspired wood carvings. By the end of 1958, after a furniture and decor show in Los Angeles, the carved wood decor was a hit across the country. Everyone from everyday Americans to celebrities like Elvis Presley filled their homes with Tropical furnishings and home goods. Witco reached the height of its popularity in the late 60s before shuttering a decade later. In 1977 Witco closed its doors for the last time; but, not without leaving a unique and indelible mark on mid-20th century design.

You don’t have to understand the rules of chess to understand how AWESOME these WITCO carved red cedar wall hangings are! What are you waiting for? Make your move and make them yours!!

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Red Cedar, Fabric, Wood

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DATE: Circa

1957-1977

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Additional information

STYLE / PERIOD

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MAKER

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

MATERIALS

Red Cedar, Fabric, Wood

PRIMARY COLOR

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DATE: Circa

1957-1977

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MEDIA

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