Biedermeier Walnut Table, South German 1820
Elegant Biedermeier walnut table which comes from the southern part of Germany and dates back to around 1820. The table has a gorgeous walnut root veneer on the top. The cylindrical foot stands on a trefoil base. This table would be a very pretty center table for an entryway but you can also use it as a smaller dining table for 4 chairs.
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 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 walnut table comes refinished and French polished. It measures Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm), Diameter: 38.78 in. (98.5 cm).
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