Biedermeier walnut center table, South German 1820
Biedermeier furniture comes from the eponymous Biedermeier art period, which was a transitional period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism in the 1800s, following the Napoleonic Wars. The style grew slowly, along with a period of economic impoverishment in the early part of the century. Despite the poverty, this period soon saw a rise in middle-class comfort overall. More importantly, for the first time they were a significant financial force, a class with real buying power. As a result, craftsmen actually began to produce pieces made for the middle class during this time.
The increase in middle-class comfort also created a growing emphasis on family life and private activities, especially letter writing (which gave prominence to the writing desk) along with the pursuit of leisure hobbies. The Biedermeier center table became an important part of home decor during this time. Read more about this interesting style in our blog post.