The continental provincial feel of the paintwork and tracery has rococo, gothic and black forest influences to it with this piece fitting into the Neo-Renaissance period in Germany c.1845-1900. As elsewhere in Europe, the fashionable styles in northern lands reflected only the tastes and symbols of the aristocratic class, although some of these styles filtered down through the classes and accommodated themselves to indigenous skills and tastes. Woodcarving is a local art where wood is abundant and appreciated, such as the Alps and the Black Forest. German craftsmen produced unique furniture in provincial regions from the earlier times through to the Industrial Revolution and this piece is very much part of that period.
With a bohemian tang in the air this is an attractive and folksy piece of painted furniture.