The late 17th century passion for collecting Chinese porcelain and the later European porcelain, (a passion that has not abated), led to the design of various forms of cabinets for displaying the collection. There are various forms, and collectors can find pieces in the Sheraton, Queen Anne and Rococo revival manner dating from the Edwardian and later Victorian periods. Glazed china cabinets or bookcases were frequently made in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. The half-round lead lighted china cabinets popular in the 1920s and 1930s, are not all as common as they used to be. Collectors should be careful of 'china cabinets' that have made up by a conversion from a bookcase, armoire or wardrobe.
Learn about Biedermeier
Beidermeier is the name given to a style of blond-wood furniture and to decorative arts popular in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia between the early and mid 19th century. Popular at the same time as the French Empire style, the Beidermeier design was based on utilitarian principles, and has been described as French Empire style without the flamboyance.
Beidermeier furniture typically has straight or gently curved lines without elaborate carvings and often used classical motifs such as columns, gables, egg and dart and bead and reel. Ornamentations in brass and sometimes inlay were added to enhance the straight lines. Columns or bases, and keyhole escutcheons were sometimes ebonised to contrast with the light-coloured timbers used in construction. Burr veneers were also popular because of their variations in colour and attractive markings.
Biedermeier furniture used timbers that were locally available in Germany and Scandinavia such as walnut, cherry, birch, ash and oak, rather than the more expensive imported timbers such as mahogany. Whilst this timber was available, the taxes applied at import and between states made it too expensive for the Biedermeier market. more...Beidermeier is neither named after a region, a designer or maker, but is a word coined in Germany in the mid 1800's (after the peak manufacturing period of this furniture had passed) to satirise the tastes of the times. It was drawn from a fictional character, Weiland Gottlieb Biedermaier, whose humdrum exploits featured in an 1850s Munich satirical magazine. Bieder' is a German word meaning upright or conventional, while 'Meier' is a common German surname and so in the 1850s the term 'Biedermeier' came to symbolise the middle class, decent, reliable and with lots of common sense.
After the mid-1800s the style declined in popularity, but it underwent a revival in the early 20th century, and again in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Mid 19th century German Biedermeier mahogany display cabinet of small proportions, hand cut and bevelled glass doors, with fluted mahogany panels below and adjustable shelving. Height 165 cm. Width 87 cm. D 40 cm
A Biedermeier mahogany display cabinet, circa 1850, set with a single glazed door with shaped sides below a scroll and foliate Crown, the base set with a single drawer and standing on square feet. Height 189 cm. Length 85 cm. Depth 43 cm
A Dutch Biedermeier style bombe display cabinet, 20th century, the glazed door with carved foliate banding above a single drawer with rococo brass handles all on cabriole legs with claw feet. Height 200 cm. Width 93 cm. Depth 50 cm
Flame mahogany biedermeier display cabinet (5706/1) with a moulded cavetto pediment, a recessed single glazed door, a fully lined interior, three shelves with stringing to the fronts, a rounded base fitted, a full width drawer and bracket feet
An Austrian Biedermeier ebonised and satinwood inlaid cabinet, the rectangular top with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with lyre and sunburst pierced decoration, above arched panels enclosing four adjustable shelves, above a single large draw
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