Antique Chest of Drawers, Biedermeier Period 1820.
This unique 1820’s antique Biedermeier chest of drawers stands out for its beautiful mirrored walnut veneer. The chest has four spacious drawers and is the ideal piece for a spacious entry way or an elegant bedroom. I could also see it as an eye catcher adding an individual touch to an eclectic living room design.
The Biedermeier Period of the 19th century lasted from 1815 to 1848 after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The style also existed briefly in the early 20th century
After the Napoleonic Wars Central Europe had to overcome an economical and social crisis. The blossoming middle class in Germany and Austria was the critical factor in the development of this new interior design style. Additionally, the new focus on family and private life determined the production of different and more humble furniture pieces.
The French Empire style certainly still had a big impact on this new design movement, but the pompous part of the aristocratic style gave way for a more modest version.
The early Biedermeier pieces were smaller and the cabinetmakers in the southern parts of Germany and in Austria mainly used domestic woods. Cabinetmakers commonly used English walnut tree, particularly black walnut as well.
As in all pieces of the style, and particularly the German Biedermeier and Austrian Biedermeier style, with Biedermeier wardrobes walnut, cherry or maple veneers were the preferred materials. They were generally hand polished. You can still find ebonized columns or brass fittings on Biedermeier furniture. However, they’re generally in a different and more unpretentious, modern way.
Subdued elegance and charming grace that connect elements of the Empire and Directoire periods characterize this style.
The history of Biedermeier furniture is also the beginning of interior design for the ordinary home. Although it’s been centuries since this style emerged, it remains as timeless and versatile as ever.
Details of this piece
The chest of drawers is in very good condition. It measures H 34.65 in. x W 44.49 in. x D 22.45 inches (H 88 cm x W 113 cm x D 57 cm).
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