Biedermeier Walnut Table, Vienna 1820.
This Biedermeier walnut table from Vienna, embodies the more elegant side of the Biedermeier period. Ideal for 4-6 chairs, it’s a beautiful addition to a living or dining room, bringing to life the palatial Viennese coffeehouse aesthetic, without excessive pomp. It comes refinished and French polished.
This table is Biedermeier through and through. Indeed, there is nothing lavish about the table’s decorative qualities, as one might expect from the antecedent Baroque period. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, the table appears brilliantly beautiful.
The focus of Biedermeier furniture is always the quality of the wood itself, and this table is certainly no exception. The walnut veneer is so skillfully arranged, showcasing a gorgeously spiraling wood grain, that one can get lost in the table’s surface alone.
Unexpected Star: The Base
There is one feature to this table, above all, that makes it a rarity: the round table top of this Biedermeier Walnut Table stands on a simple central column that culminates in an unexpected hexagonal shape. Lined by ebonized wood, the hexagon certainly lends the table unexpected volume and texture. In addition, the column rests atop a star-shaped base, featuring gently curving lines that inversely reflect the circular shape of the table.
That kind of playful use of curves makes this table an almost prescient exemplar of 19th century furniture. While the later part of the century came to embrace curves and curvature, Biedermeier style often remained confined to simple right angles. That makes this table and its stellar base a true standout.
Height: 30.32 in. (77 cm), Diameter: 42.92 in. (109 cm)
Walnut wood, walnut veneer
Ships from Germany and includes shipping costs and custom duty to Boston.
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