Biedermeier chest of drawers, South German 1820
This original Biedermeier chest of drawers has an exquisite mirrored walnut veneer and features two ebonized columns next to two of the three drawers. The upper drawer protrudes and is slightly curved.
Together with the ebonized and curved feet of the chest, it contradicts the otherwise straight lines of this beautiful piece. The brass fittings are original.
The early 19th-century Biedermeier style marks the transitional period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism.
The Biedermeier Period lasted from 1815 to 1848 after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
It was a period of transition in Northern and Central Europe, especially in Germany and Austria.
After decades of war, Europeans wanted peace, and so reform movements and liberal ideas took a backseat.
As a result, authoritarian governments rose to power in multiple countries in the proceeding decades.
In Germany and Austria, a prospering middle class that was a permanent part of an industrialized, urban nation was still relatively new.
Despite their growing affluence, many middle-class citizens felt ambiguous about their standing and the future.
Domineering governments discouraged political activism, which led people to create comfort in their own lives.
Stylistically, Biedermeier furniture softened the rigidity of the Empire style. The cabinet makers used light, native woods and avoided the use of metal ornamentation.
Details about this chest
The chest of drawers is in very good, refinished condition. (French polished).
It measures H 35.04 in. x W 42.52 in. x D 22.64 in. (H 89 cm x W 108 cm x D 57.5 cm)
It ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
Please also read our blogpost about how to integrate Biedermeier furniture in your individual interior.
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