This piece of Texas furniture exemplifies the quality of design and craftsmanship which is synonymous with the German cabinetmakers who migrated to central Texas in the 1840s and 50s. Their designs are based on the attributes of the Biedermeier school which predominated in continental Europe slightly earlier. A simplification of the Empire aesthetic, Biedermeier's utility and comfort appealed to middle-class Europeans in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. In the United States, their designs were little changed; the principal distinction being that they were now translated with indigenous materials. Whereas, maple or fruitwood veneers would have been standard in Germany, in Texas, much of this furniture was fashioned from black walnut, which was readily available along the banks of the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.
29 x 15 in. diameter (73.7 x 38.1 cm)
Place of Origin
New Braunfels (Comal County, Tex.)
Gift of William J. Hill to the Bayou Bend Collection, MFAH.