Biedermeier

A style of decorative art favored by the affluent middle class in Central Europe between about 1815 and 1848. The name is derived from Gottlieb Biedermaier, the pseudonymous poet whose satirical verses appeared in the Munich magazine Fliegende Bl├Ątter (Flying Leaves). The style emphasized simple, elegant forms, clean lines, craftsmanship and comfort.

Circle of Josef Danhauser. Side chair. Beech and pine wood, cherry veneer, modern silk upholstery. Vienna. Ca. 1815-20. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.