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Biedermeier Period Collection

Biedermeier Furniture Collection (Germany, Austria, ca. 1815–59)
Biedermeier Furniture Collection (Germany, Austria, ca. 1815–59)

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 1stDibs, that is now an amusing irony.

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19th c Biedermeier cherrywood mirror
Located in Dallas, TX
Period Biedermeier cherrywood mirror with gilt accents
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood, Glass

Biedermeier Period Wood and Gilt Clock
Located in Montreal, QC
Austrian Biedermeier period gilt and polychromed wood clock. Chiseled gold Swiss movement, signed: P.Francois a' Nion.
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19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Ormolu

Biedermeier Centre Table, Austria, circa 1830
Located in Kinderhook, NY
Exceptional circa 1830 Austrian Biedermeier walnut centre table of oval form having exquisite radiant pattern veneer top and single full-length centre drawer above ebonized doric col...
Category

Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Set of Four 19th Century Karl Johan Swedish Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of four mid-19th century Karl Johan Swedish side chairs made of birchwood with ebonized top rail and details. The Karl Johan period is the equivalent of Biedermeier in Germany an...
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19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birch, Upholstery, Wood

Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A Biedermeier sofa with strong clean lines of a rich honey toned tiger maple.
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19th Century Danish Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Antique Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Sofa or Settee
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare antique Swedish Karl Johan settee/sofa in superb restored condition. Hand-crafted of native golden flame birch and reupholstered in black hair cowhide leather, this settee is v...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birch

Austrian Biedermeier Bookcase
Located in Hudson, NY
This very fine bookcase is in excellent condition and has great color and style. The book case has four shelves and can work for books or as pictured hear as a display cabinet for ob...
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19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Swedish Drop-Leaf Table in Flame and Burl Birch, Karl Johan Biedermeier Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
Karl Johan style center table of flame birch and masurbjork, birch root burl from Sweden with drop-leaf table top on gracefully shaped pedestal base. The Swedish Karl Johan style is ...
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20th Century Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birch, Burl

Biedermeier Sofa
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
South German Birchwood and ebonized settee
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19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birch

Biedermeier Vitrine
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Vitrine/Bookcase – walnut, rootwood and ebonized wood and columns with brass hardware. Glazed doors with ebonized columns in spindle pattern and interior shelves.
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19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Biedermeier Tall Chest of Drawers in Book-Matched Mahogany, Copenhagen, c. 1820
Located in Miami, FL
A handsome late Empire or early Biedermeier tall chest on chest with seven drawers and pedestal top. Middle section is flanked by split-turned columns with well-articulated palmette ...
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Early 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Small Empire Chest of Drawers in Cuban Mahogany, Denmark, circa 1810
Located in Miami, FL
A very lovely small Empire chest in mahogany with satinwood inlays, ebonized details and brass rosettes, with three drawers of various depths, and resting on a plinth with scalloped ...
Category

Early 19th Century Danish Empire Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Brass

Austrian 19th century Mahogany Biedermeier Library Armchair
Located in Troy, NY
Unique Library or Lounge armchair, the padded armrests supported by decorative sculpted and ebonized swans., the back ending in a backwards scroll, the deep low seat supported by tu...
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19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Biedermeier Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Crafted of solid birch and fir with select Nordic birch veneers and recessed bookmatched figured birch panels, on compressed ball feet.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birch

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Secretaire made of walnut and rootwood with brass hardware. Fall front writing surface with interior drawers above three large exterior drawers.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Pair of Period Biedermeier Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
pr of beautiful period Austrian mahogany Charles X open armchairs.
Category

20th Century Austrian Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Biedermeier Vitrine Cabinet in Fruitwood & Ebonized Detail, Germany, circa 1825
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century German Biedermeier vitrine on cabinet base in fruitwood with ebonized and gilt accents. The display case with architectural pediment, fronted by glass panels with flanki...
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19th Century German Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Fruitwood

Biedermeier Sideboard
Located in New York, NY
This classically designed cabinet exemplifies the simple Swedish interpretation of Biedermeier, otherwise named after the Swedish King Karl-Johan who reigned during this period. Four...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Fir

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Secretaire- Dark walnut with fall front writing surface, interior drawers, secret compartments and exterior drawers.
Category

19th Century French Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Pair of Neoclassic Fauteuils
Located in Westport, CT
pair of elegant and minimilistic 19th century Biedermeier open armchairs in solid blonde cherry wood, Germany, 1840-1860ca aside from cloth, all original to view additional item...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Cherry

Biedermeier Game Table
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Walnut, rootwood and ebonized wood Biedermeier game table and two chairs.
Category

20th Century Austrian Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Biedermeier Bookcase
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Bookcase in Walnut and Birdseye with large glass door. Interior shelves above a single drawer.
Category

19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birdseye Maple, Walnut

Biedermeier Commode
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Commode made of cherry commode with ebonized wood. Three large exterior drawers. Austria circa 1850.
Category

19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Biedermeier Walnut Secretary
Located in Hudson, NY
Biedermeier Walnut Secretary Chest, Biedermeier walnut secretary with cabinet below. Desk has four small drawers and a letter shelf. Cabinet comes with one interior shelf. Lovely ...
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19th Century Czech Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Biedermeier Secretaire Napolean Style
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Secretaire Napolean Style with fall front writing surface, interior drawers and secret compartments.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Birdseye Maple, Walnut

Biedermeier Credenza
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Credenza - oak wood, with inlaid cherry and marquetry. Three glass front doors with interior shelves above lower cabinet with two drawers and 2 doors with interior shelves.
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19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier secretaire made of walnut, rootwood and ebonized wood. It has a fall front writing surface with interior drawers and a cubby hole. Lower section with exterior drawers.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier secretaire made of walnut and cherry with fall front writing surface, nine interior drawers, mirrored cubby hole and three exterior drawers. Germany circa 1840.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Cherry, Walnut

Biedermeier Console
Located in Westport, CT
Handsome 19th century Empire style console in walnut adorned with ebonized column legs and inverted D-shaped base, Vienna, circa 1840.
Category

19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Pine, Walnut

19th Century Biedermeier Console Cabinet
Located in San Francisco, CA
Neo-classical style mahogany console cabinet with original mirror. Bowed or rounded cabinet door, interior fitted with one shelf. Below measurements are for the cabinet, the mirror m...
Category

19th Century European Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century German Biedermeier Style Secretary
Located in Berlin, DE
Petite secretary Biedermeier style, circa 1790. High-quality Cuba mahogany on solid softwood. High-right body on tapering legs. Supplied with three drawers of different sizes. Straig...
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19th Century German Biedermeier Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood, Mahogany, Softwood

Pair of Biedermeier Chairs
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Pair of Biedermeier chairs; two female walnut chairs with rose colored upholstery.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Biedermeier Cigar Desk
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier cigar desk made of solid oak with etched glass flip top with interior compartments.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Oak

Biedermeier Cabinet
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Bookcase-Cabinet, Biedermeier. Walnut, birdseye, ebony, intarsia, 2 doors, 2 drawers, 2 glazed doors, shelves.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Bureau Secretaire, Biedermeier. Walnut, birdseye, rootwood, intarsia, secret compartments.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Biedermeier Loveseat
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier loveseat in walnut, rootwood and ebony with brass fittings. Navy blue upholstery with silver floral pattern.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Brass

Biedermeier Loveseat
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier loveseat in walnut, rootwood and ebony with medium blue upholstery and a silver floral pattern.
Category

19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

Biedermeier Secretaire
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Biedermeier Secretaire with fall front writing surface, interior drawers and hidden compartments.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Ebony, Walnut

Biedermeier Mirror
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Large Biedermeier adjustable walnut standing mirror with brass fittings.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Large Biedermeier Floor Mirror
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Large Biedermeier adjustable walnut standing mirror with brass fittings.
Category

19th Century Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Walnut

PostModern Prima Vera Inlay Mirror by Charles Pfister for Baker Furniture Co.
By Charles Pfister
Located in New York, NY
An elegant mirror in a circular form with honey colored veneers of ribboned prima vera (white mahogany), circular parquetry inlays (one at the top and two at the bottom) and a bevele...
Category

1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Mirror, Mahogany

Biedermeier Cupboard from the Home of Elton John
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
A satin birchwood cupboard, Biedermeier style from the home of Elton John in Queensdale Place, London.
Category

19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Period Collection

Materials

Wood

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