Neoclassical Chest of Drawers, Munich around 1800
This chest of drawers was made just before the Biedermeier emerged in Germany. It shows some of the typical features of the Neoclassical style, straight design and slanted corners.
The Neoclassical style, based on straight lines and rectilinear forms and using a selection of Classical ornaments, was first applied to French furniture during the 1760s. Classical motifs at first were sparingly applied to furniture of unchanged form. Slowly the curved line of Rococo was replaced by a simpler and more severe rectilinear design.
In France the Neoclassical style blossomed during the second phase of the reign of Louis XVI. In the Germanic countries the style was called “Zopfstil”. The design of furniture makers which worked for the French king influences this style. The most famous ones actually came from Germany, for example Jean-Henri Riesener.
At the beginning of the 19th century the Biedermeier style evolved in Austria and Germany, and it had a big influence on Italian and Swiss designers.
Details of this piece
The chest of drawers is in very good condition. It measures H 34.65 in. x W 44.89 in. x D 22.45 inches (H 88 cm x W 114 cm x D 57 cm). It ships from Germany and includes shipping to Boston.
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Also read our blog post about the Neoclassical Furniture Style