HM Biedermeier Recamiere

Elegant, Viennese Biedermeier Récamière

Around 1820, from an important Viennese collection

This fine­ly made Récamière in mahogany veneer is a won­der­ful exam­ple of the mag­nif­i­cent design and exe­cu­tion of the court­ly and aris­to­crat­ic fur­ni­ture from the Bie­der­meier peri­od. Seat, back­rests, and arm­rests are fresh­ly and tra­di­tion­al­ly uphol­stered with belts, laced met­al springs, horse­hair, and sea grass, beau­ti­ful­ly elab­o­rat­ed, curved shapes.

The raised, swept back­rest, embell­ished with a beau­ti­ful­ly made mahogany frieze on the out­side, flows into the low­er, long, fine­ly uphol­stered arm­rest and the oppo­site low­er arm­rest. The hand uphol­stered seat area lies on the sur­round­ing base frame raised from four cube-shaped legs. Espe­cial­ly note­wor­thy the fact that this piece of fur­ni­ture is very sta­ble and sol­id, just per­fect for a con­tem­po­rary use.

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 ele­gant, clear design lan­guage gives a time­less, mod­ern look to these objects. The char­ac­ter­is­tic 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, Vien­nese palace, today the Alberti­na museum,and the mar­quetry for the state rooms.

The Bie­der­meier Récamière, we present here, is an excel­lent exam­ple of the remark­able 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.

This Récamière comes from an impor­tant Vien­nese col­lec­tion. It is fresh­ly uphol­stered using tra­di­tion­al meth­ods in our in-house work­shop — ready for a cov­er fab­ric of your choice. We are hap­py to assist!

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