Biedermeier Seating- Four Biedermeier walnut chairs, South Germany 1820.
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. Biedermeier chairs stood out for newly introduced designs. Read more about this interesting style in our blog post.