Biedermeier drop front secretaire, Berlin 1820.
This exceptional Biedermeier drop front secretaire has an exquisite interior. The maker used mahogany veneer with ebonized details. The interior of the writing desk shows the cabinetmaker’s love for detail. It has one central compartment surrounded by eight small, beautifully designed drawers and two compartments for letters or documents.
The early 19th-century Biedermeier style marks the transitional period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism. The term Biedermeier derives from the titles of two poems—”Biedermanns Abendgemütlichkeit” (Biedermann’s Evening Comfort) and “Bummelmaiers Klage”
The “Biedermeier” society, in general, concentrated on the domestic and (at least in public) the non-political. As a consequence, the emphasis on home life for the growing middle-class meant a blossoming of furniture design and
Family life, letter writing (giving prominence to the writing table) and the pursuit of hobbies had priority.
Biedermeier furniture was mostly produced in the austro-hungarian empire and in Germany. 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 secretaire
The secretaire is in very good condition with a nice patina. It measures 80.71 in. x 44.1 in. x 19.69 inches (H 205 cm x W 112 cm x D 50 cm). It ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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