Chair

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Vienna, Austria
Chair, 1830/35
Walnut, walnut veneer, modern upholstery
35 7/8 × 17 1/8 × 20 in. (91.12 × 43.5 × 50.8 cm)
Purchase, with funds from Kenneth Treis M2005.135
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Not Currently on View

Innovations in seating furniture reflected a changing social behavior and a fresh emphasis on the private household. Lighter, portable chairs that could be positioned as needed offered designers great opportunity for individual expression and experimentation. A wide variety of chair-backs and upholstery fabrics were available to satisfy every taste.

Publication History
Ottomeyer, Hans, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, and Laurie Winters. Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006, p. 341, cat. II-22, color pl. 43 (detail). (German ed. cat. II-23)

Waissenberger, R. ed. Bürgersinn und Aufbegehren: Biedermeier und Vormärz in Wien, 1815-1848. Vienna: Museen der Stadt Wien, 1987, cat. 8/14, illus. p. 394.
Exhibition History
Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 16, 2006-January 1, 2007; Albertina, Vienna, Austria, February 2-May 13, 2007; Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany, June 8-July 2, 2007.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.