Biedermeier Walnut Dresser
This exquisite Biedermeier walnut dresser dates back to 1820 and comes from a private collection in Southern Germany. The four drawer commode stands out for its gorgeous walnut veneer. The top drawer protrudes and ebonized half columns flank the lower three drawers. Furthermore, the Biedermeier chest of drawers has its original brass fittings and escutcheons.
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.
This Biedermeier walnut dresser is in very good refinished condition. It measures Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm), Width: 44.89 in. (114 cm), Depth: 24.02 in. (61 cm). The dresser ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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