A truly magnificent antique Swedish Biedermeier birchwood secretaire chest, circa 1820.
The rectangular top features a moulded cornice. The body features rounded corners with a curved drawer over the key-locked fall front, which opens to reveal a writing surface and a fitted masur birch interior. The interior is fitted with two columns of five stacked drawers with bone knobs, flanking a center section with two long, two short drawers and three cupboards. Below the fall front are three full width drawers, all with hand-cut dovetail joints.
Complete with working locks and keys.
A fabulous example of the timeless Biedermeier style.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 89 x Width 102 x Depth 56
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 3 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches
refers to an era in Central Europe during which arts appealed to common sensibilities in the historical period between 1815, the year of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European revolutions.
Although the term itself is a historical reference, it is predominantly used to denote the artistic styles that flourished in the fields of literature, music, the visual arts and interior design.
Biedermeier was an influential style of furniture design from Germany during the years 1815–1848, based on utilitarian principles. The period extended into Austria and Scandinavia.
Throughout the period, emphasis was kept upon clean lines and minimal ornamentation. As the period progressed, however, the style moved from the early rebellion against Romantic-era fussiness to increasingly ornate commissions by a rising middle class, eager to show their newfound wealth.
The idea of clean lines and utilitarian postures would resurface in the 20th century, continuing into the present day. The Biedermeier style was a simplified interpretation of the influential French Empire Style of Napoleon I, which introduced the romance of ancient Roman Empire styles, adapting these to modern early 19th century households. Biedermeier furniture used locally available materials such as cherry, ash and oak woods rather than the expensive timbers such as fully imported mahogany.
Biedermeier furniture and lifestyle was a focus on exhibitions at the Vienna applied arts museum in 1896. The many visitors to this exhibition were so influenced by this fantasy style and its elegance that a new resurgence or revival period became popular amongst European cabinetmakers.
This revival period lasted up until the Art Deco style was taken up. Biedermeier also influenced the various Bauhaus styles through their truth in material philosophy.
Our reference: L106