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Biedermeier Furniture

Biedermeier Furniture Collection

Central Europe (ca. 1815 - 1859)

Biedermeier furniture represents 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 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 pieces offered on these pages, that is now an amusing irony.

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A tall, 6-drawer Biedermeier Chest
ILIAD
A Biedermeier Pedestal Table
ILIAD
A petite Biedermeier armchair
ILIAD
A Pair of Biedermeier Sidechairs
ILIAD
Biedermeier Fruitwood Sofa Table
David Neligan Antiques
A Classic Biedermeier Daybed
ILIAD
Biedermeier Candleholders
Lief
Biedermeier Chest of Drawers
Reza's Rug Gallery
Biedermeier Mirror
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Pair of Viennese Biedermeier Chairs
Patrick Kovacs Kunsthandel
Biedermeier Chest
Niall Smith Antiques
Miniature Biedermeier Vitrine
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Biedermeier Sofa by Danhauser
Rita Bucheit Ltd
A Tall Biedermeier Cabinet
ILIAD
Biedermeier Tilt-Top Center Table
Reza's Rug Gallery
Exemplary Biedermeier Gilt Wood Mirror
Ritter Antik
A Biedermeier Console With A Mirrored Back
ILIAD
Biedermier Mantel Clock
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
A Biedermeier Two Door Commode
ILIAD
Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Ritter Antik
Biedermeier Mirror
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Biedermeier Armchair
Rita Bucheit Ltd
A Three-drawer, Ebonized Biedermeier Commode
ILIAD
Pair of Biedermeier 3-Arm Sconces
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Pair of Biedermeier side chairs
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Superb Viennese Biedermeier Side Table
Ritter Antik
Set of Four Biedermeier Side Chairs
ILIAD
A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Lerebours Antiques
Exceptional Biedermeier Center Table ~ Austria, c. 1830
Acroterion
A Biedermeier Etagere
ILIAD
Rare Pair of Ebonized Biedermeier Vitrines
Ritter Antik
Pair of Ebonized, Giltwood Empire Armchairs
Ritter Antik
A Biedermeier Sofa
ILIAD
A Petite Biedermeier Bookcase
ILIAD
Set of Six Biedermeier Dining Chairs
Eileen Lane Antiques
Biedermeier Mirror
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Rare Biedermeier Secretaire
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Exemplary Biedermeier Conversion Desk
Ritter Antik
Rare Ebonized Biedermeier Bergere
Ritter Antik
Classic Biedermeier Table
Patrick Kovacs Kunsthandel
Pair of Biedermeier Chairs
Rita Bucheit Ltd
A Biedermeier Three-Drawer Commode
ILIAD
19th Century German Biedermeier sofa
Tomlin Antiques
Biedermeier Secretarie
Bardin Palomo
Austrian Biedermeier Cabinet
L'Antiquaire, Biedermeier, Italian and French
Biedermeier fruitwood semanier
Naga Antiques
Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa
Blithewold Home
Biedermeier Console Table
Nicholson's Antiques
Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Ritter Antik
*SALE*   Swedish Empire Biedermeier Birch Sofa
Bjork Studio
Exemplary South German Biedermeier Vitrine
Ritter Antik
Pair of Fruitwood Biedermeier side chairs
J Roberts Antiques
Rare German Biedermeier Secretaire
Ritter Antik
North German Biedermeier Hall Mirror
Ritter Antik
A Karl Johan Bench
A Tyner Antiques
Biedermeier Armoire
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Outstandingly Detailed Biedermeier Secretaire
Ritter Antik
Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Ritter Antik
Miniature Biedermeier Secretary
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
Unequalled Biedermeier Marquetry Table
Ritter Antik
Biedermeier Commode
ILIAD
Biedermeier Cabinet
GRIS
Swedish Biedermeier Secretaire
Brad Williams Antiques
Austrian Biedermeier Bookcase
Gottlieb Gallery
Important Lyre Base Biedermeier Side Table
Ritter Antik
Austrian Biedermeier Sewing Table in Walnut, C. 1830
Colletti Gallery
Austrian Biedermeire Secretaire
Sutter Antiques
Biedermeier Drafting Table
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Two Views
Evergreen Antiques Inc.
Oval Biedermeier Table or Desk
Rita Bucheit Ltd
Unusual Biedermeier Marquetry Secretaire
Ritter Antik
Biedermeier Work Table
Gottlieb Gallery
Exemplary Biedermeier Knee-Hole Desk
Ritter Antik