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Small Biedermeier Chest of Drawers, Germany 1810-20
Located in Leimen, DE
Explore our exquisite Biedermeier chest of drawers, dating back to 1815-1820, featuring a beautiful
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Antique 1810s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Yew

Hand-painted Biedermeier Chest of Drawers, 1st Half 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
A small Biedermeier chest of drawers with three drawers and new painting. The blue setting is made
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Softwood

19th Century, Biedermeier Walnut Columns Chest of Drawer
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful practical small Biedermeier chest of drawers from around 1825. The chest of drawers has
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Walnut, Spruce

Biedermeier Walnut Miniature Blanket Chest
Located in Darmstadt, DE
The miniature chest was made of walnut and dates back to the early Biedermeier period at the
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Blanket Chests

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Spruce, Walnut

Biedermeier Walnut Miniature Blanket Chest
Biedermeier Walnut Miniature Blanket Chest
H 9.45 in W 16.93 in D 9.65 in
Antique Biedermeier-Style Drop-Front Mahogany Secretary Chest
By Biedermeier
Located in Milano, IT
This marvelous Biedermeier-style drop-front secretary chest, dating back to around 1830 and crafted
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Secretaires

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Metal

Marburg finch chest Biedermeier around 1800-10 Cherrywood bridal chest
Located in Münster, DE
Marburg finch chest Biedermeier around 1800/10, cherry wood and other precious woods richly
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Antique Early 1800s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry, Fruitwood, Oak

Biedermeier Chest of Drawers, France, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This Biedermeier chest of drawers was made in 19th Century, originating from France. Crafted with
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Antique Early 19th Century French Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Oak, Softwood

Fine Austrian Neoclassic Biedermeier Chest
Located in Westport, CT
Elegant small neoclassic two drawer chest in walnut veneer on pine with ebonized interior panels
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of ...

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Walnut

Biedermeier Chest of Drawers in Walnut Veneer, Germany, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This Biedermeier chest of drawers was made in 19th Century, originating from Germany. Crafted with
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Walnut

Biedermeier Chest of Drawers in Walnut Veneer, France, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This Biedermeier chest of drawers was made in 19th Century, originating from France. Crafted with
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Antique Early 19th Century French Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Walnut, Oak

Biedermeier 19th Century Maple Wood Four-Drawer Chest with Inlaid Escutcheon
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Biedermeier period maple wood four-drawer chest from the 19th century with inlaid escutcheons
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Maple

German Biedermeier Chest of Drawers with Top and Columns from 1820
Located in Heiligenberg, DE
Biedermeier top chest of drawers made of walnut with four doors, ebonized half columns with black
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Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Biedermeier Period 19th Century Walnut Butler's Chest with Drop Front Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Biedermeier period walnut butler's chest from the 19th century with drop front desk, ebonized
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Walnut

19th Century Biedermeier Chest Of Drawers/ Writing Commode, Austria ca. 1830
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic nutwood chest of drawers/ writing commode from the renowed Biedermeier period in Austria
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

19th Century Biedermeier Chest of Drawers/ Writing Commode, Austria, ca. 1830
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Remarkable 19th century nutwood chest of drawers/ writing commode from the early Biedermeier era in
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

19th Century Biedermeier Chest of Drawers/ Buffet, Cherrywood Austria circa 1830
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely, old restored 19th century Biedermeier chest of drawers or buffet from the early period
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

19th Century Biedermeier Nutwood Chest of Drawers/ Writing Commode, AT ca. 1840
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Remarkable Austrian Biedermeier chest of drawers/ writing commode veneered with finest nut wood
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

Antique Empire/ Biedermeier Chest of Drawers in West Indies Mahogany, c. 1825
Located in Miami, FL
A handsome North German Biedermeier chest of drawers in West Indies mahogany whose fine figuring is
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Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Pair of 21st Small Black Lacquered Commodes or Bedside Tables Biedermeier Style
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of small commodes or night tables, in Biedermeier style, with two drawers. The commodes are a
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2010s Spanish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

19th Century Biedermeier Nutwood Chest Of Drawers With Micro-Inlays, AT ca. 1850
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Absolutely beautiful, mid 19th century Biedermeier nutwood chest of drawers coming out of Austria
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

Biedermeier Dresser, 1830, Walnut
Located in Belmont, MA
This small Biedermeier dresser dates back to around 1830. The four drawer commode has a very pretty
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Antique 1830s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Biedermeier Dresser, 1830, Walnut
Biedermeier Dresser, 1830, Walnut
H 29.53 in W 26.78 in D 18.9 in
Biedermeier Commode, Northern Germany/Denmark, 1820
Located in Belmont, MA
Biedermeier commode, Northern Germany/Denmark, 1820, mahogany veneer. Exquisite small commode with
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Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier half cabinet from the time of the late Biedermeier / Louis Philippe, around
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Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Spruce

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet
19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet
H 35.04 in W 36.23 in D 20.48 in
19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet / Commode
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier half cabinet from the time of the late Biedermeier around 1830. The furniture
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Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Spruce

Small Biedermeier Sideboard, Chest, Cherry, circa 1830
Located in Greven, DE
Small Biedermeier sideboard in Cherry Saxony Cherry tree Biedermeier circa 1835 Dimensions
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Antique 1830s German Biedermeier Sideboards

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Cherry

Continental 19th Century Biedermeier St. Burl Maple Commode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional and most decorative continental 19th century Biedermeier St. burl maple commode. The
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Maple, Bone

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet or Commode
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier half cupboard from the Biedermeier period around 1830. The furniture is
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Antique Early 19th Century Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Spruce

Continental 19th Century Biedermeier St. Butler’s Desk/Commode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional and unique Continental 19th century Biedermeier st. flamed Mahogany, ebonized
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ormolu

Pair of early 19th Century mahogany Biedermeier secretaire commodes
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Biedermeier period Swedish chest of drawers.  4 drawers, each top drawer with a fully fitted interior of
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century Fine Biedermeier Bureau Commode. Vienna, c. 1825.
Located in Vienna, AT
Hello, This elegant early Biedermeier ash wood bureau-commode is the best example of top-quality
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of D...

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Ash, Maple

Early 19th Century Biedermeier Cherry One-Door Half Cabinet
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful small early Biedermeier one-door half cabinet with one drawer and one door. In very good
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Cherry, Spruce

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Bureau-Commode. Vienna, c. 1820-25.
Located in Vienna, AT
Hello, This elegant early Biedermeier walnut bureau-commode is the best example of top-quality
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of D...

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Brass

Pair of 21st Maooron Lacquered Commodes or Bedside Tables Biedermeier Style
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of small commodes or night tables in Biedermeier style, in maroon colour or winw colour, with
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2010s Spanish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Biedermeier Commode, Walnut, Brass, Full Columns, Austria/Vienna circa 1830
Located in Regensburg, DE
Small Biedermeier Commode in Walnut Veneer with Full Columns and Brass Fittings from Austria circa
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of D...

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Petite Austrian Biedermeier Two-Drawer Commodes with Inlay, circa 1840
Located in Atlanta, GA
This pair of Austrian Biedermeier petite commodes from the mid-19th century features exquisite
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Wood

19th Century, Commode with Trick Lock, Secret Locker System, Biedermeier C. 1810
Located in Greven, DE
Small antique Biedermeier commode with trick lock West Germany early 19th century Dimensions
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Wood

A Biedermeier Chest with Secretaire Circa 1850
Located in Flower Mound, TX
A magnificent mid 19th century Biedermeier chest with figured mahogany secretaire cabinet, with a
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires

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Mahogany

19th Century Biedermeier Swedish Mahogany Secretaire Chest
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Biedermeier period swedish mahogany secretaire chest of drawers, circa 1810. Stunning secretaire
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires

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Mahogany

Traveller's casket, German, early 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Rectangular walnut chest with brass fittings on the corners and a handle on the lid. The interior
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

19th Century German Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawers - Antique Commode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A 19th century, light-brown antique German Biedermeier chest, commode made of handcrafted
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Cabinets

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Metal

Antique Swedish Golden Ash Biedermeier Secretary Chest Dresser Desk inlaid 1820
Located in Portland, OR
A very fine antique Swedish Biedermeier golden ash secretary chest, circa 1820. The chest is made
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Antique 1820s Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires

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Ash, Ebony

19th Century Empire Mahogany Bureau Secretary with Bookcase
Located in Miami, FL
flanked by sliding storage compartments, as well as a series of small interior drawers around a central
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Antique Mid-19th Century Danish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Biedermeier Walnut Secretary
Located in Hudson, NY
Biedermeier Walnut Secretary Chest, Biedermeier walnut secretary with cabinet below. Desk has four
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Antique 19th Century Czech Biedermeier Secretaires

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Walnut

Biedermeier Walnut Secretary
Biedermeier Walnut Secretary
H 37.5 in W 39.5 in D 20.5 in
Biedermeier Secretary Desk, Austria, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
desktop revealing a section with multiple small drawers. Below the writing top you will find three
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Secretaires

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Maple, Oak

Biedermeier Secretary, Bookcase, Cherry, Walnut, 1840s
Located in Greven, DE
Antique cabinet secretary from the biedermeier period around 1845. Body in cherry, parts of the
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires

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Cherry, Walnut

19th Century Biedermeier Display Cabinet, Bookcase, Birch, Germany circa 1835
Located in Greven, DE
: 209 x 99 x 53 cm Description: Very slim Biedermeier top-mounted furniture with a three-drawer chest
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Antique 1830s German Biedermeier Vitrines

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Glass, Birch

Burlwood Drop-Front Secretary, One of Four Produced; Båstad, Sweden, c. 1880
Located in Norwalk, CT
Dating from around 1880, this exceptional "secrétaire à abattant" is one of four identical chests
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires

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Wood, Burl

Meissen Ensemble Of 5 Models, Russian Ballet 'Carnival', by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
, which he presses against his chest with his left hand, and a black cap that reaches down over his eyes
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Mid-20th Century German Biedermeier Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Painted Gustavian Grey/White Secretary with Fall-Front & Birch Interior
Located in Miami, FL
beautiful contrast to the grey/white paint and features a total of ten (10) smaller drawers and a central
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Louis Philippe Secretaires

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Brass

19th Century Small Biedermeier Mahogany Chest of Drawers with Inlays Restored
Located in Osnabrück, DE
Very stylishly, small Biedermeier chest of drawers in beautiful, bookmatched Cuba mahogany! Partly
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Antique 1820s Baltic Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Small South German Biedermeier Chest
Located in Long Island City, NY
A cubical designed South German Biedermeier chest from the region of Franconia (City of Bayreuth
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Cherry

Small South German Biedermeier Chest
Small South German Biedermeier Chest
H 33.5 in W 35.5 in D 20.5 in
Fine Mahogany Biedermeier Chest of Small Size
Located in Providence, RI
This Biedermeier chest is very compact, only 34 in. wide and 19 in. deep; being 34 in. wide, it can
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Exemplary Biedermeier Blanket Chest (Wedding Chest)
Located in Long Island City, NY
Exemplary for the very small region of 'Vierlande', closed to Hamburg with a limited number of
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Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Blanket Chests

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Mahogany, Maple

A fine small Biedermeier four drawer chest.
Located in New York, NY
A fine small Biedermeier four drawer chest. Cherrywood with ebony inlays and bronze pulls
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry

German Biedermeier Period Chest of Drawers
Located in Hudson, NY
South German chest having subtly molded top and front edges; corpus with three drawers, top drawer
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Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry

German Biedermeier Period Chest of Drawers
German Biedermeier Period Chest of Drawers
H 33.5 in W 45.75 in D 22.25 in
Biedermeier Birch Chest of Drawers or Commode, circa 1840
Located in Chicago, IL
Biedermeier Birch chest of drawers / commode, circa 1840 from Germany. An elegant birch commode
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Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Early 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Cherrywood Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Santander, ES
Early 19th century Biedermeier commode with beautifully matched cherrywood veneers of Swedish
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Antique Early 19th Century Scandinavian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests ...

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Cherry

19th Century Early Biedermeier Walnut Pillar with Conical Legs Chest of Drawers
Located in Osnabrück, DE
This gracefully, small pillar chest of drawers in fine walnut provided with maple thread inlays and
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Walnut

1830s Commode from the Biedermeier Period
Located in Senden, NRW
A Biedermeier commode from 1830. Veneered with cherry tree and made of softwood. This piece has a
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Antique 1830s Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry, Softwood

1830s Commode from the Biedermeier Period
1830s Commode from the Biedermeier Period
H 38.19 in W 55.12 in D 24.81 in
Biedermeier Miniature Two Drawers Commode with Intarsia
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Cute miniature Bidermeier Commode with intarsia of small pieces of different fruit woods on pine
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Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Small Biedermeier Chests For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of small biedermeier chests available for sale. Each of these unique small biedermeier chests was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, mahogany and walnut. Find 23 antique and vintage small biedermeier chests at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of small biedermeier chests available, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Small biedermeier chests made by Empire designers — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made small biedermeier chests over the years, but those made by Biedermeier are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Small Biedermeier Chests?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $5,420, while they’re typically $1,450 on the low end and $8,400 highest priced.

A Close Look at biedermeier Furniture

The authentic Biedermeier furniture on 1stDibs is representative of the first modern European decorative style not dictated by the tastes of the aristocracy. Following the Napoleonic wars, a growing, wealthy urban middle class in the German-speaking states of Central Europe began to demand rights and privileges once granted only to nobles. To avoid trouble, the upwardly striving confined their political discussions to one another’s homes. And so the salon was born.

Cabinetmakers in cities such as Vienna, Berlin and Mainz began to offer goods that reflected the tastes and needs of the new class. The makers of Biedermeier chairs, tables and other furniture used little or no gilding, silver hardware or other lavish ornament. Ebonized trims are common on Biedermeier cabinetry, and neoclassical elements — lyre-shaped chair splats, carved scrollwork, table supports shaped like Greek columns. But the strongest aesthetic statement came from the wood — richly-grained, honey-colored, often book-matched veneers of walnut and fruitwood.

There are two iconic Biedermeier furniture forms, both made to outfit rooms designed for conversation. One is the sofa, deeply upholstered with a strong, architectural wooden frame. The second is the circular pedestal table, which stood at the center of the room, offering a surface on which to place coffee and cake services; or to roll out a map, or sketch out ideas on paper.

“Biedermeier” was originally a derogatory term — it derives from the pen names of two German magazine writers who mocked bourgeois manners. Looking at the elegant and refined antique, new and vintage Biedermeier furniture offered on 1stDibs, that is now an amusing irony.

Finding the Right commodes-chests-of-drawers for You

Shopping for a commode or a chest of drawers?

Commode is the French term for a low chest of drawers, but it is also sometimes used to denote any case piece with a particularly intricate design. The commode dates to circa 1700 France, where it was used as an alternative to a taller cabinet piece so as to not obscure paneled, mirrored or tapestried walls. Coffers, or chests, which were large wooden boxes with hinged lids and sometimes stood on ball feet, preceded chests of drawers, a fashionable cabinet furnishing that garnered acclaim for its obvious storage potential and versatility. The term commode was also used to refer to a piece of bedroom furniture — a washstand or nightstand that contained a chamber pot. 

As time passed, French and British furniture makers led the way in the production of chests of drawers, and features like the integration of bronze and ornamental pulls became commonplace. Antique French commodes in the Louis XV style were sometimes crafted in mahogany or walnut, while an Italian marble top added a sophisticated decorative flourish. This specific type of case piece grew in popularity in the years that followed.

So, what makes a chest of drawers different from a common dresser? Dressers are short, and chests of drawers are overall taller pieces of furniture that typically do not have room on the top for a mirror as most dressers do. Tallboys and highboys are variations of the dresser form. Some chests of drawers have one column of four to six long drawers or three long drawers in their bottom section that are topped by a cluster of small side-by-side drawers on the top. To further complicate things, we sometimes refer to particularly short chests of drawers as nightstands. 

Even though chests of drawers are commonly thought of as bedroom furniture to store clothing, these are adaptable pieces. A chest of drawers can house important documents — think of your walnut Art Deco commode as an upgrade to your filing cabinet. Nestle your chest near your home’s front door to store coats and other outerwear, while the top can be a place to drop your handbag. Add some flair to your kitchen, where this lovable case piece can hold pots, pans and even cookbooks.

When shopping for the right chest of drawers for your home, there are a few key things to consider: What will you be storing in it? How big a chest will you need?

Speaking of size, don’t dream too big. If your space is on the smaller side, a more streamlined vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers, perhaps one designed by Paul McCobb or T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, may best suit your needs.

At 1stDibs, we make it easy to add style and storage to your home. Browse our collection of antique and vintage commodes and chests of drawers today.