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Biedermeier writing cabinet of ash, maple, yew, ebonized and gilded wood, brass and copper marquetry, and gilt-brass bronze
ca. 1810
private collection, Paris
courtesy of Didier Aaron & Cie.
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by Fred Stern

Milwaukee once had a certain sleepy "gemütlichkeit" character, this city of 700,000 souls, with its row of industrialists’ estates along Lake Drive and the Pabst and Schlitz breweries like massive midwest castles.