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Biedermeier

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
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A tall, 6-drawer Biedermeier Chest
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood
A Biedermeier, ebonized wood with highlights in cherry and maple inlay. Slightly curving bow-front drawers, with engaged Doric columns. Hand-polished in shellac.
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A Biedermeier Pedestal Table
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A Biedermeier Pedestal Table
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
An elegant Biedermeier pedestal table in ebonized fruitwood veneer with maple detailing. Five Doric columns support table surface on tiered circular base.
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A petite Biedermeier armchair
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A petite Biedermeier armchair
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut
A petite Biedermeier armchair Walnut veneer with maple inlays and upholstered arms and back Austria, c.1825-30
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A Pair of Biedermeier Sidechairs
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A Pair of Biedermeier Sidechairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Walnut
A fine pair of Biedermeier sidechairs Walnut with walnut burl.
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Biedermeier Fruitwood Sofa Table
David Neligan Antiques
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Biedermeier Fruitwood Sofa Table
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Sofa Tables
Rectangular cross banded top over frieze containing a long drawer , trestle base with lyre form supports.
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A Classic Biedermeier Daybed
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A Classic Biedermeier Daybed
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Day Beds
Walnut
A classic Biedermeier daybed.
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19th c. Biedermeier Inlaid Mahogany Center Table
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
Mahogany
Nineteenth century Austrian Biedermeier geometric inlaid mahogany end table with a round top supported by four square columns and an octagonal post pedestal above a square base.
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Biedermeier Candleholders
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Biedermeier Candleholders
Antique 19th Century Swedish Candle Holders
Mahogany, Ivory
Pair of ebonised candleholders on a mahogany base with feet and a decorative detail made out of ivory.
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Pair of Viennese Biedermeier Chairs
Patrick Kovacs Kunsthandel
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Pair of Viennese Biedermeier Chairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Mahogany
This pair of original Biedermeier chairs from Vienna represents the high quality of aesthetic furniture in this period when Vienna was an important artistic center. Lit.: Biedermeier. D...
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A Biedermeier Center Hall Table
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
A Biedermeier center hall table with ebonized pear veneer with maple details, legs joined by ebonized cross members with highlights along edges in maple inlay.
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Biedermeier Chest
Niall Smith Antiques
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Biedermeier Chest
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Biedermeier, Walnut and Ebonized Chest, Circa 1820
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A Tall Biedermeier Cabinet
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A Tall Biedermeier Cabinet
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Cabinets
A tall Biedermeier cabinet with book-matched walnut veneer, 4 drawers with center cupboard and one adjustable shelf concealed by a door. Tapered legs, hand-rubbed shellac polish.
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Uniquely Designed Viennese Biedermeier Armchairs
Josef Danhauser
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut
Pair of uniquely designed Biedermeier armchairs. Circle of Josef Danhauser. The "S"-shaped side frames are the focus of this design which Josef Danhauser used for this side chair #111 a...
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Pair of Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Bergeres
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Maple
This pair of uniquely designed and detailed Biedermeier bergeres features scalloped shoulder boards and "Horn of plenty"- shaped sides. Mahogany on pine, inlaid with maple hair lines fo...
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Exemplary Biedermeier Gilt Wood Mirror
Ritter Antik
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Exemplary Biedermeier Gilt Wood Mirror
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Exemplary Austrian Biedermeier gilt wood frame with "egg & dart" molding and finely detailed stiff leaf border surrounding the mirror plate. Retaining it's original gilding with a rare ...
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Biedermier Mantel Clock
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
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Biedermier Mantel Clock
Antique 19th Century Austrian Clocks
Walnut, Giltwood
Austrian neoclassical walnut mantel clock with a gilded wood eagle finial, round dial with a 30 hour movement.
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A Biedermeier Two Door Commode
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A Biedermeier Two Door Commode
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
CM 22028 A handsome Biedermeier two door commode Vivid walnut book-matched veneer Single drawer, flanking Doric columns supported by block base Austria, c.1825-35 37.9"h x 31.5"w x...
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Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Ritter Antik
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Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Sofas
Walnut
German Biedermeier sofa uniquely designed with ebonized parcel gilt Corinthian columns over plinths, supporting the out-curved arm rests. Book-match veneered with walnut on pine. Eboniz...
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Empire Etagere, Property of the Queen of Wuerttemb...
Johannes Klinkerfuss
Antique 19th Century German Empire Vitrines
Mirror
Important vitrine (etagere) by Court cabinetmaker Johannes Klinkerfuss. Mahogany on pine. Mirrored back wall. Original French bronzes. Porcelain plate painted by the Queen herself, init...
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Austrian Biedermeier Book Matched Center Table, c....
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
Walnut, Wood
Round nineteenth century Austrian Biedermeier book matched walnut veneered center table supported by a fluted pedestal and a round, scalloped platform base.
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A Three-drawer, Ebonized Biedermeier Commode
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A Three-drawer, Ebonized Biedermeier Commode
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood
A three-drawer, ebonized Biedermeier commode. Ebonized wood with highlights in maple inlay, engaged Doric columns.
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Biedermeier Period Wood and Gilt Clock
Antique 19th Century Austrian Clocks
Wood, Ormolu
Austrian Biedermeier period gilt and polychromed wood clock. Chiseled gold Swiss movement, signed: P.Francois a' Nion.
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Set of Four Biedermeier Side Chairs
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Set of Four Biedermeier Side Chairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
An exceptional set of four Biedermeier side chairs Book-matched walnut veneer with mahogany detailing Vienna, c,1825-30
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A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Lerebours Antiques
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A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Club Chairs
A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
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Exceptional Biedermeier Center Table ~ Austria, c. 1830
Acroterion
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Exceptional Biedermeier Center Table ~ Austria, c....
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
Bronze, Walnut
Exceptional circa 1830 Austrian Biedermeier walnut center table of oval form having exquisite radiant pattern veneer top and single full-length center drawer above ebonized doric colone...
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A Biedermeier Etagere
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A Biedermeier Etagere
Anton Bembe
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Vitrines
Walnut
An exceptional Biedermeier etagere by Anton Bembe
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Rare Pair of Ebonized Biedermeier Vitrines
Ritter Antik
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Rare Pair of Ebonized Biedermeier Vitrines
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Vitrines
A rare pair of architecturally designed ebonized Biedermeier vitrines. Paneled and glazed doors flanked by half columns between socle (with hidden drawer) and cornice,"architrave" (with...
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Set of Four Biedermeier Side Chairs with Umbrella ...
Antique 19th Century Hungarian Biedermeier Dining Room Chairs
CH 21027 A set of four exceptional and important Biedermeier side chairs Flame mahogany veneer with ebonized inlays. Balloon back with stylized umbrella design Hungary, c.1820 35.8"...
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Pair of Ebonized, Giltwood Empire Armchairs
Ritter Antik
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Pair of Ebonized, Giltwood Empire Armchairs
Antique 19th Century German Empire Armchairs
Upholstery
A pair of ebonized French inspired German Empire armchairs. Probably mahogany frames. Fine French gilt wood carvings. Padded seats and seat-backs. Saber legs. SECOND PAIR AVAILABLE. ...
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Biedermeier Center Pedestal Dining Table in Mahoga...
Antique 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Dining Room Tables
51.5" wide x 30" high A beautifully executed tilt-top table. Features a round top with apron trimmed with a beaded border resting on urn-turned pedestal embellished with carved palmet...
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A Biedermeier Sofa
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A Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Sofas
A classic Biedermeier elliptical sofa with scroll insets and block feet.
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A Petite Biedermeier Bookcase
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A Petite Biedermeier Bookcase
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bookcases
A petite Biedermeier bookcase Bookmatched cherry veneer with tapered columns with ebonized detailing Austria, c.1820-30
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A Set of 4 Tiger Maple Biedermeier Dining Chairs
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Chairs
A set of 4 Biedermeier chairs, 2 with arms. Solid tiger maple construction and lovely scrolled design.
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19th c Biedermeier cherrywood mirror
Antique 19th Century German Wall Mirrors
Glass, Wood
Period Biedermeier cherrywood mirror with gilt accents
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Pair of Exemplary Biedermeier Barrel-Back Bergeres...
Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Upholstery
This pair of exemplary, ebonized, barrel-back Viennese Biedermeier bergeres is very comfortable. Free standing Doric columns with maple-trim over block feet, re-upholstered from frame u...
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Set of Six Biedermeier Dining Chairs
Eileen Lane Antiques
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Set of Six Biedermeier Dining Chairs
Antique 19th Century Swedish Dining Room Chairs
Birch
Sturdy and elegant, featuring caramel-stained birch juxtaposed with ebonized carved back rests, saber legs, and horsehair seats
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Set of Six Exemplary Russian Biedermeier Chairs
Antique 19th Century Russian Biedermeier Dining Room Chairs
A rare set of six exemplary designed Russian Biedermeier side chairs veneered with yew-tree on pine. Shaped shoulder boards between scrolled side frames. Padded drop-in seats. Raised on...
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A Highly Unusual Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut
A highly unusual pair of Biedermeier period walnut armchairs simulating bamboo with scroll arms. Northern European c. 1840.Possibly Austrian.
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Exemplary Biedermeier Conversion Desk
Ritter Antik
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Exemplary Biedermeier Conversion Desk
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks
Gold Leaf
This four-drawer Biedermeier chest can be converted into a writing desk. Cherry wood on pine in book match pattern. Front flanked with ebonized half columns. Gold leaf trim. Fitted inte...
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Six William Doezema Biedermeier Dining Chairs For...
Mastercraft
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Brass
Early work from Mastercraft, this set of six burled amboyna wood chairs are styled after Biedermeier. The seats are upholstered in a textured silk blend, cross hatch patterned fabric in...
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Rare Ebonized Biedermeier Bergere
Ritter Antik
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Rare Ebonized Biedermeier Bergere
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Rare ebonized barrel-back Biedermeier bergere with a shovel shaped shoulder board. References are included in our "CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY" Ritter Antik is dealing in authentic C...
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19th Century German Biedermeier sofa
Tomlin Antiques
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19th Century German Biedermeier sofa
Antique 19th Century German Sofas
Wood
19th c German Biedermeier satinwood sofa covered in black velvet
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An Austrian Biedermeier Pedestal, 1830
Antique 19th Century Austrian Pedestals
Ebony
An Austrian Biedermeier Pedestal
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Pair of Biedermeier/Karl Johann Chairs in Birch, S...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Side Chairs
Pair of Karl Johann Chairs in Birch, Sweden, c. 1820
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Set of Three Biedermeier Side Chairs with a Fourth...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Chairs
Walnut
A set of three original Biedermeier side chairs with a fourth addition. Walnut veneer with maple detailing. Vivid walnut veneer with maple lines and cabriole front legs.
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Biedermeier Secretarie
Bardin Palomo
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Biedermeier Secretarie
Antique 19th Century Austrian Secretaires
Wood
A Biedermeier maple fall front secretarie with ebonized columns and paw feet.
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Rare Franconia German Biedermeier Étagère
Ritter Antik
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Rare Franconia German Biedermeier Étagère
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Shelves
Rare Biedermeier vitrine or étagère with four freestanding swollen Doric columns between base and roof holding two shelves. Finished on all sides for freestanding. Veneered with fine ...
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Austrian Biedermeier Cabinet
L'Antiquaire, Biedermeier, Italian and French
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Austrian Biedermeier Cabinet
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Cabinets
Cherry, Pine
Lovely and sleek blonde cherry wood cabinet with rounded corners containing a drawer and a door adorned with finely inlaid ebony fillet, unique size to view additional items from this...
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Set of Four 19th Century Karl Johan Swedish Chairs...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Chairs
Birch, Upholstery, Wood
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 and A...
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Fine Detailed Biedermeier Screen with Original Tap...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Screens
Brass, Tapestry, Silk, Walnut
Fine detailed South German Biedermeier screen with it's original tapestry depicting a floral arrangement in a neonclassical vase. Backside with creased silk. Book-match veneered frame i...
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Biedermeier fruitwood semanier
Naga Antiques
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Biedermeier fruitwood semanier
Antique 19th Century Austrian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Fruitwood
Biedermeier fruitwood semanier. Overhanging top drawer above six flush-mounted drawers flanked by columns with ebonized bases and capitals ending in square feet. Circa 1820-30.
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Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa
Blithewold Home
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Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Sofas
A Biedermeier sofa with strong clean lines of a rich honey toned tiger maple.
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Uncommonly Designed Biedermeier Center Table
Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Center Tables
Walnut on pine, matching veneered on tabletop and on tripartite base. Ebonized trim. Column-shaped pedestal with hexagonal plinth. Three scrolled elements. Rolled feet. Reference: fig....
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Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Barrel-Back Sof...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Sofas
Mahogany
A large, comfortable and sturdy Austrian/Hungarian Biedermeier barrel-back sofa in mahogany on pine. Front with free-standing columns on canted plinths, fluted capitals, discs and a tur...
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Biedermeier Console Table
Nicholson's Antiques
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Biedermeier Console Table
Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Console Tables
Brass, Glass, Lacquer, Wood
Biedermeier demi lune birch console table with ebonized columns, brass mounts and a later mirrored back, circa 1830. This console table has very nice color and would go well with a neo ...
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Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Ritter Antik
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Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Czech Biedermeier Sofas
Walnut
Outstandingly designed and detailed Biedermeier sofa in light walnut on pine. All surfaces inlaid with hairlines in maple. Ebonized trim. Diagonally veneered and inlaid stretcher. Sides...
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Biedermeier Birchwood and Satinwood Drop Front Sec...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires
Birch, Mahogany, Satinwood
This rare, birch and satinwood Biedermeier secretaire makes a stunning architectural statement. There are three long drawers below the drop front writing surface with a long drawer abov...
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Swedish Biedermeier Fall-Front Secretary in Birch
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires
44.5" wide x 18" deep (Open: 28.5" deep) x 47" high Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier chest in book-matched fire birch veneer with fall-front secretary opening to reveal seventeen small d...
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Exemplary German Neo-Classical Biedermeier Etagere...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Vitrines
Freestanding Corinthian columns over base with highly sculptured dolphins are supporting the arched top and holding 3 shelves. Mahogany veneered on pine. All original condition includin...
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*SALE*   Swedish Empire Biedermeier Birch Sofa
Bjork Studio
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*SALE* Swedish Empire Biedermeier Birch Sofa
Antique 19th Century Swedish Sofas
Unusually striking hand-crafted golden flame birch sofa with ebonized ball finials and brass ormolu ornament. Newly upholstered in large-scale black and cream houndstooth check fabric,...
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