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Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games

beidermeier-chess-set-circa-1840

October 29, 2015

Typical “German” or Central European set from the Beidermeier period The Biedermeier refers to an era in Central Europe between 1815 and 1848 during which the middle class grew and arts appealed to common sensibilities. It began with the time of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and ended with the onset of the European revolutions in 1848. Although the term itself is a historical reference, it is predominantly used to denote the artistic styles that flourished in the fields of literature, music, the visual arts and interior design.

This antique set has been matched with an sympathetic board/box which dates from the 1950’s. The chess board features faux tortoiseshell and ‘ivorine’ squares. The interior is lined in velveteen so that the chess set can be stored safely away.