Biedermeier Sofa, South German 1820-30.
This small sofa, or love seat, was made during the Biedermeier period in south Germany. The pine wood frame frame is adorned with a beautiful walnut veneer. A carved ornament decorates the top of the back of the sofa. It is the perfect piece for a small space or entry way. The fabric and the upholstery are in good condition.
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.
The main features throughout the Biedermeier period were clean lines and minimal ornamentation. As the period progressed, however, the style moved from the early rebellion against Romantic-era fussiness to increasingly ornate commissions.
Details of this sofa
The sofa is in good, sturdy condition. It measures H 38.59 in. x W 61.03 in. x D 26.38 inches (H 98 cm x W 155 cm x D 67 cm, with a seat height of 16.93 in. (43 cm).
It ships from Germany and includes shipping to Boston.
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