"Werthen put his cup down on the Biedermeier table"

     Biedermeier is a generic term, at times used in a derogatory fashion, describing the comfortable middle-class lifestyle of the first half of the nineteenth century. Biedermeier furniture was a simple and elegant style and, as such, there are many designs. Biedermeier furniture and lifestyle was featured in exhibitions at the Vienna Applied Arts Museum in 1896, resulting in a revival of the style.