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Pair of Biedermeier Style Satin Birch Bedside Cabinets

Pair of Biedermeier Style Satin Birch Bedside Cabinets Sold
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This really is a nice pair of elegant Art Deco tables or Art Deco bedside cabinets created within the Biedermeier style from the last quarter of the 20th century.

Produced from satin birch wood, the round tops of these Art Deco tables surmount three elegantly curved legs. The tables each sit on a solid wooden base, providing steadiness. They also offer a drawer for storage. These Art Deco cabinets are extremely versatile pieces and would work as well in a bedroom as bedside tables, or in a living room or office as side tables.

Biedermeier is a creative style that was popular in Central Europe from 1815 (the year of the Congress of Vienna which took place at the end of the Napoleonic Wars) to 1848 when Europe was swept by a number of popular revolutions that in turn changed the aesthetic of the time. The term is primarily used to signify styles that blossomed in literature and music, interior design and the visual arts. Based on utilitarian principles, it was a particularly fashionable type of furniture design in Germany between 1815 and 1848, but it then spread into Austria and Scandinavia.

The Biedermeier style was a simplification of the influential French Empire style of Napoleon I and the original design ethic was one of clean lines and minimal embellishment. This was a reaction against what was considered to be over decorative 'Romanticism' and the heavy reliance on ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman designs. However, as the period advanced, the style changed to incorporate ornamentation, as the rising middle classes in Europe desired to show off their increasing wealth and position. In keeping with its emphasis on utilitarian simplicity, the furniture was made from locally grown woods such as cherry, ash and oak keeping away from the high priced timbers such as imported mahogany.

The Vienna Applied Arts Museum presented an exhibition on the style in 1896 which led to a resurrection of Biedermeier amongst European cabinetmakers. The design remained fashionable until Art Deco grabbed the scene. Biedermeier also influenced the Bauhaus movement as they both subscribed to the concept of 'being true to the material'.

Condition

These Art Deco Biedermeier cabinets are in fantastic condition, please take a close look at the supplied photographs for confirmation of this.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 72 x Width 36 x Depth 36

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 2 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 00851