Biedermeier Walnut Dresser, South Germany 1820
Exquisite Biedermeier Walnut Dresser from 1820, Southern Germany. This remarkable Biedermeier chest of drawers, dating back to 1820 and originating from Southern Germany, is a true testament to craftsmanship and timeless beauty. Standing on four sturdy square feet, this chest boasts four drawers framed by two ebonized columns, adding a touch of sophistication to its design. What sets this dresser apart is its extraordinary walnut veneer pattern, meticulously applied to all three sides, making it a piece of art in itself. Expertly refinished to perfection, it gleams with a hand-polished shellac finish that brings out its natural allure.
Height: 37.01 in (94 cm), Width: 49.61 in (126 cm), Depth: 23.63 in (60 cm).
The 19th century Biedermeier style is probably the most sought after antique furniture style.
It has its origins in Austria and Germany and developed between 1815-48.
Despite the economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars, this era was also a period when the middle class was slowly beginning to rise and establish itself as a significant division of society. 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 not only for aristocrats but also for the newly assuring middle class- the so called bourgeoisie.
We find Biedermeier pieces crafted with light, native woods like walnut, pear 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. Common features of this furniture style and period include playful geometric shapes, curves, and a special emphasis on the wood grain itself. While it’s a subdued style, the aesthetic is nevertheless as elegant as many more formal, ornate styles.