Biedermeier Working Table, South German 1815-20
This unique Biedermeier working table dates back to the early Biedermeier period, around 1815-20, and comes from Southern Germany.
The working table has a very pretty walnut veneer and the rectangular top has two drawers.
The base has two ebonized columns on each side which stand on a walnut base connected with a stretcher.
This side or working table is an excellent example for an early Biedermeier piece which stands out for its unpretentious and modern design. It combines elements of the early Empire style with the plain form language of the Biedermeier period.
The Biedermeier Style
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, like sewing. Read more about this interesting style in our blog post.
The working table comes refinished and French polished and measures Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm), Width: 26.78 in. (68 cm), Depth: 15.16 in. (38.5 cm).
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