Biedermeier Table Desk or Console Table, Germany 1830
This very unusual Biedermeier table desk or console table dates back to around 1830 and comes from southern Germany. The table desk has a pretty elm veneer. The top is raised on two fluted ebonized columns which stand on a curved base. Black decor details decorates the base panel which very nicely ties in with the columns. It could be also used as a unique console or side table.
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, elm 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 table comes refinished and measures Height: 32.29 in. (82 cm), Width: 42.13 in. (107 cm), Depth: 24.41 in. (62 cm).
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