Biedermeier Center Table, South German 1820
This original Biedermeier center table has a gorgeous walnut veneer. The top has a nicely figured piecrust veneer. The table is raised on a cylindrical foot which stands on a trefoil base. Walnut veneer also decorates foot and base. This table could also used as a dining table for up to four chairs. It would also be a nice table for a breakfast nook.
The Biedermeier Style
Most art historians mark the Biedermeier style’s start and end at around 1815 to 1848.
Stylistically, Biedermeier furniture softened the rigidity and opulence of the previous Empire furniture style. This resulted in a more simple, relaxed and informal take on home furnishings. Empire was grandiose and usually made using dark woods, such as ebony and mahogany, with ormolu mounts. In comparison, we find Biedermeier pieces crafted with light, native woods like walnut, pear and cherry. Makers didn’t need to import these naturally occuring German woods. The furniture, as a result, was more affordable for the middle class.
Overall, the Biedermeier style naturally avoids metal ornamentation as a general rule. Instead, we find many surfaces accented with natural grains and knotholes, while ebonized accents provide a measure of contrast.
The Biedermeier center table measures Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm), Diameter: 37.8 in. (96 cm). It is in very good refinished condition. It ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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