Group of Eight Biedermeier Appliques, Vienna, c. 1820-1830


1820-1830 ca.


Group of eight Viennese Biedermeier appliques, the support is made up of an element in the shape of a poded vase, with a floral corolla forming the lower part; the upper edge is also ribbed and perforated. Leaf elements and five candle-holding arms branch off from the vase, the central one and the external ones with floral corollas and curls, while the other two with leafy volutes; large floral corollas also act as supports for the candles. Entirely in carved and gilded wood, the arms and curls that decorate them are in metal; they were electrified at a later time.

Dimensions: 51 x 63 x 33 cm ( 20 x 24,8 x 13 in) 

Historical-stylistic analysis:

The appliques are an expression of the Viennese Biedermeier taste, which established itself following the fall of Napoleon and with the beginning of the Restoration period.

Clearly a derivation of the Empire style, this new style is characterized by a revival of the wavy shapes and by the foliage decorations, which, in the North European Biedermeier version, is translated into a typically Nordic research of rigor. The group, also exceptional for its number, finds confirmation with the Biedermeier Reifenluster always belonging to our collections. The same origin also confirms their realization as lighting for the same environment, as furnishing accessories.

Comparison Bibliography:

– Mario Praz, The philosophy of furniture. The changes in the taste of interior decoration through the centuries of ancient Rome to our times, Milan, Longanesi & C., 1981; 

– Robert Weissenberger, Vienne 1815-1848. L’èpoque du Biedermeier, Friborg, Officine du Livre, 1985.

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