A Pair of Magnificent Biedermeier Armchairs
The extraordinarily crafted armchairs with very fine mahogany veneer are a beautiful example of the elegant design and execution of the courtly and aristocratic furniture from the Biedermeier period.
The seat, backrest and armrests are freshly and traditionally upholstered with belts and laced metal springs, horsehair, and sea grass. The curved shapes of the design is especially intriguing. The upholstered armrests flow into the slightly swept backrest with the finely elaborated mahogany frieze on the outside. The hand-made seat rests on the chair frame, terminating in conical shaped, swept legs with brass-shoes and castors.
The hand-stitched upholstery with the precise, almost sharp edges underlines the clear execution of this remarkable draft. Furniture from this period made of this high-end quality and in Mahogany veneer was only reserved for the very wealthy, aristocratic society. Exotic materials such as mahogany came from the colonies via England to the continent at this time and, therefore, were very expensive due to the long shipping routes. Napoleon’s “continental barrier,” which crumbled already 1813, caused some additional complications for transport.
The sophisticated design language with its clear shapes gifted us with impressive objects — furniture with a timeless, modern look, still today. The characteristic, curved shape inspired the Art Deco style more than 100 years later. We find similar designs in the drafts of Josef Danhauser, which today are part of the MAK collection in Vienna, in the“Geymüller Schlössel” collection, and the imperial furniture collection (“Hofmobiliendepot”) in Vienna. Also, Archduke Carl commissioned comparable, finely crafted furniture by Josef Danhauser from 1822 – 1825. Danhauser manufactured new furniture in mahogany for the entire palace, today’s Albertina museum, and the marquetry for the state rooms.
These armchairs, we present here, are an excellent example of the extraordinary style and elegance of the Viennese drafts, masterly crafted in the first 3rd of the 19th Century, by artisans with excellent sense for proportion and design. In most cases, these objects were made with the greatest attention to detail for aristocratic clients.
Our armchairs come from an important Viennese collection. Parts of this collection are now owned by the Republic of Austria and are on display in the Museum of Applied Arts and Geymüller Schlössel in Vienna. The chairs got renovated with the utmost care in our workshops. We are happy to assist with the cover fabrics and offer upholstery services in-house.