Biedermeier Bookcase, South Germany 1820
This Biedermeier Bookcase showcases the warm glow of a cherry wood veneer. A glass-doored library cabinet, the bookcase features 4 continuous shelves, providing a wealth of storage in a refined 19th century middle-class style.
As an addition to your library or living room, this bookcase is neutral enough to be compatible with a variety of antique and contemporary styles, while exhibiting the artisan qualities of a true antique find. Additionally, the cabinet is in very good condition, cementing its value as a piece of top-end interior décor.
This Biedermeier bookcase is certainly an exemplar of its period. At the turn of the 19th century, when European society began a radical transformation with the Industrial Revolution, a middle-class with artisan tastes began to emerge. Biedermeier is the style of that moment, a rejection of the lavish Baroque, and later Neoclassicism, of the 18th century. Its primary philosophy is to showcase the quality of its materials.
The cherry wood veneer on this particular bookcase, for instance, is light and full of naturally swirling wood grain. It lends the piece a welcoming familiarity that belies its 200 years of history. Indeed, to store books in the pine-wood interior is to follow in the footsteps of generations of individuals who treasured this cabinet as their pride and joy.
There is more to this cabinet than a first glance would suggest, however. The doors are accented with ebonized glazing bars, an uncommonly luxurious detail on a Biedermeier piece. That detail, in addition to the doors’ original lock from 1820, lend the piece an air of mystery, leaving us to guess at its full, rich story.
Height: 67.52 in. (171.5 cm), Width: 46.07 in. (117 cm), Depth: 16.54 in. (42 cm).
Pine Wood, Cherry Wood Veneer, Glass doors
Ships from Germany. Price includes shipping costs and customs duty to Boston.