Biedermeier Console Table, Southern Germany 1820
For this beautiful Biedermeier console table the maker used cherry veneer and added a marquetry in elm wood and mahogany around the borders. The exquisite carved swan legs are the unique and special features of this table.
The Biedermeier furniture is typically simple in outline and without too much flamboyance. It drew its inspiration from the Empire style, but also from the 18th century Neoclassical style and the English Hepplewhite and Sheraton style. The period normally starts with the Congress of Vienna in 1814-1815 and ends with the revolution of 1848-49.
The primary and most important decorative element in Biedermeier furniture was the wood itself. The visible structure of the wood, its grains was the important decorative element. However, differences in style and material are visible in different parts of Germany or Austria. The Rhineland and Southern Germany for example used less austere shapes and added more playful details to the furniture pieces. Dolphin and swan shaped legs or decorations were often used to embellish the tables or chairs. This use of form is also a main characteristic of the console table offered here.
Details of the console table
The console table is in refinished and French polished condition. It measures H 35.04 in. x W 32.29 in. x D 14.18 inches (H 89 cm x W 82 cm x D 36 cm).
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