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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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Early 19th Century Biedermeier Table with Four Side Chairs, Newly Upholstered
Early 19th Century Biedermeier Table with Four Sid...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Dining Room Sets
Upholstery, Walnut
The round Biedermeier center table with a snap top veneered in walnut forming a star, on a reeded column with a hexagonal base issuing three reeded and scrolled supports reaching a trip...
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.
Six  William Doezema Biedermeier Dining Chairs For Mastercraft
Six William Doezema Biedermeier Dining Chairs For...
Mastercraft
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Amboyna
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...
19th c Biedermeier cherrywood mirror

19th c Biedermeier cherrywood mirror
Antique 19th Century German Wall Mirrors
Wood, Glass
Period Biedermeier cherrywood mirror with gilt accents
Biedermeier Period Wood and Gilt Clock

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.
Pair of Biedermeier Club Chairs with Cascading Arm...
Antique 19th Century Hungarian Biedermeier Wingback Chairs
Wood
This pair of Biedermeier club chairs from the 19th century features exquisite sinuous backs with out-scrolled top rails as well as eye-catching cascading arms. The arms are marked in th...
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.
Exceptional Biedermeier Center Table ~ Austria, c. 1830
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...
Austrian Biedermeier Cabinet

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 th...
Set of Four 19th Century Karl Johan Swedish Chairs
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...
Biedermeier Secretarie

Biedermeier Secretarie
Antique 19th Century Austrian Secretaires
Wood
A Biedermeier maple fall front secretarie with ebonized columns and paw feet.
Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa

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.
Set of Six Biedermeier Dining Chairs

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.
Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Chest of drawers With Secretary in Birch
Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Chest of drawers Wi...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Secretaires
Birch
Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier chest of drawers in book-matched fire birch veneer with fall-front secretary opening to reveal seventeen small drawers and a central cubby whose fascia ar...
Pair of Biedermeier or Karl Johann Mahogany Side Chairs, Sweden, circa 1840
Pair of Biedermeier or Karl Johann Mahogany Side C...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Side Chairs
Mahogany
This pair of Karl Johan Swedish Biedermeier mahogany side chairs dating 1840 have been restored and re-upholstered. Measures: 18" wide x 16" deep x 34 1/2" high.
Antique Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Sofa or Set...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Sofas
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 very...
19th Century Swedish Period Karl Johan Butler's Desk
19th Century Swedish Period Karl Johan Butler's De...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Desks
Wood
A Swedish period Karl Johan butler's desk or chest with pull-out desk over three drawers. The desk consists of eight drawers, a small center cabinet with an inlay star flanked by two hi...
Biedermeier Gueridon with Ebonized Columns, circa 1835, Germany
Biedermeier Gueridon with Ebonized Columns, circa ...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Gueridon
Birch
19th century Biedermeier period gueridon table with plinth base in birch and three (3) ebonized column legs terminating in block feet, German origin.    
Miniature Biedermeier Secretary

Miniature Biedermeier Secretary
Antique 19th Century Austrian Collectibles and Curiosities
Birch
A rare form in miniature furniture A cylinder front Biedermeier secretary in birch with engraved decoration.
Austrian Biedermeier Bookcase

Austrian Biedermeier Bookcase
Antique 19th Century Austrian Bookcases
This very fine book case in 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 objec...
Swedish Karl Johan (Biedermeier) Drop-Leaf Center Table
Swedish Karl Johan (Biedermeier) Drop-Leaf Center ...
20th Century Swedish End Tables
Karl Johan drop-leaf center table of flame birch and masurbjork (birch root burl) on gracefully shaped pedestal base.
Two Views

Two Views
Kruse
Antique 19th Century Danish Paintings
Gouache, Paper
Two views: Visborggard Manor and Villestrup Manor, Denmark. Both signed and dated on verso: R.H Kruse 1837. Gouache on paper in original line inlaid mahogany frames. Outsi...
Biedermeier Work Table

Biedermeier Work Table
Antique 19th Century Australian Biedermeier End Tables
Ash, Birdseye Maple, Fabric
A very nice work table with a fabric basket in an open work surround. The compartmentalized interior surrounds the drop through to the basket and retains its original pin cushion. When ...
Pair Biedermeier Side or Dining Chairs

Pair Biedermeier Side or Dining Chairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Dining Room Chairs
Fruitwood, Upholstery, Linen
A very stylish pair of fruitwood Biedermeier chairs. Most likely of Austrian origin. Reupholstered in 15-ounce Belgian linen. Priced as pair.
Biedermeier Sofa

Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Austrian Sofas
Birch
South German Birchwood and ebonized settee
Danish Biedermeier Chest of Drawers

Danish Biedermeier Chest of Drawers
Antique 19th Century Danish Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Diminutive Danish Biedermeier period mahogany commode with inlaid neoclassical attributes.
Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs

Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Fruitwood, Cherry
Pair of Biedermeier armchairs. Ebonized fan shaped back splat centred in a rectangular open frame, arms ending in a scroll, supported on four outswept legs resembling a cavalry saber.
Biedermeier  Vitrine

Biedermeier Vitrine
Antique 19th Century Vitrines
Biedermeier Vitrine/Bookcase – walnut, rootwood and ebonized wood and columns with brass hardware. Glazed doors with ebonized columns in spindle pattern and interior shelves.
ON SALE Arm chair, circa 1825 Biedermeier Birch
ON SALE Arm chair, circa 1825 Biedermeier Birch
Antique 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Armchairs
Biedermeier birch armchair, circa 1825 Measures: 21 W x 20 D x 36 H. (similar to #10102).
Small Danish Empire Chest of Drawers in Mahogany, circa 1810
Small Danish Empire Chest of Drawers in Mahogany, ...
Antique Early 19th Century Danish Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany, Satinwood
A very lovely small Empire chest in mahogany with satinwood inlays, ebonized details & brass rosettes, with three drawers of various depths, and resting on a plinth with scalloped apron...
Neoclassical Chest of Drawers, Austria 'Vienna', circa 1820
Neoclassical Chest of Drawers, Austria 'Vienna', c...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Cherry
Neoclassical chest of drawers in cherrywood with freestanding ebonized pillars and feet in the form of animal paws. Top with white marble, Austria (Vienna), circa 1820. Everything appea...
Armchairs, Russia / Baltic States, circa 1830

Armchairs, Russia / Baltic States, circa 1830
Antique 1830s Russian Biedermeier Armchairs
Wood
Five Russian armchairs on slightly curved legs. The backrests show dynamic cut details and have a very beautiful mahogany veneer pattern. The armrests end in carved cornucopia ornaments...
Biedermeier Chairs, South German Austria, 1830-1835

Biedermeier Chairs, South German Austria, 1830-183...
Antique 1830s German Biedermeier Chairs
Walnut
Six Biedermeier chairs on tapered feet. The backrests show an ebonized centre stretcher and a burl wood veneered frame.
Antique Biedermeier Tall Chest of Drawers in Bookmatched Mahogany, Copenhagen
Antique Biedermeier Tall Chest of Drawers in Bookm...
Antique Early 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawer...
Mahogany
Late Empire early Biedermeier chiffonier from Copenhagen Denmark with split turned column and well articulated Egyptian influenced palmette carved capital. Bookmatched crotch mahogany i...
Unique Viennese Chair in Biedermeier Style
Unique Viennese Chair in Biedermeier Style
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Chairs
Maple root on solid beechwood. Straight frame on tapered squares. Circular backrest connected by an arcuate central web. Seat surface, Classic padded, with laced spring base (French). ...
Pair Biedermeier Armchairs

Pair Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century European Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut
A pair of Biedermeier armchairs with an exposed wooden frame, upholstered seat and tufted back.
Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Writing Table in Birch, circa 1810
Swedish Karl Johan Biedermeier Writing Table in Bi...
Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Desks and Writing Tables
Birch
A fine small Empire or Biedermeier writing table in polished birch with ebony accents featuring two small desk drawers with ivory pulls flanking the center back with a gallery consistin...
19th Century North German Biedermeier Small Cabinet in Mahogany, c. 1825
19th Century North German Biedermeier Small Cabine...
Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Console Tables
Mahogany, Satinwood
A very handsome and architecturally strong Biedermeier /Empire console or small cabinet in mahogany with small satinwood inlaid line work, with full turned columns flanking a central bo...
19th Century Original Biedermeier Three-Sided Glaz...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Vitrines
Mahogany
An absolute rarity. High-quality Cuba mahogany on solid conifers. Recessed frame box on round feet. Architecturally arranged front with flanking columns, carved capitals and bases. Thre...
Biedermeier Wingback Chair, 19th Century

Biedermeier Wingback Chair, 19th Century
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Wingback Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
Large wingback armchair on slightly tapered feet. The chair is made from walnut and is newly upholstered with a high quality fabric.
Biedermeier Secretaire a Abattant

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Biedermeier Secretaire a Abattant
Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Secretaires
This is a beautiful Biedermeier secretaire a abattant with fall front to reveal fitted interior with ebonized details and hidden drawer.
Pair of 19th century oversized Biedermeier Bergeres
Pair of 19th century oversized Biedermeier Bergere...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Beech, Ebony, Walnut, Burl, Amboyna
Superb pair of very comfortable, large bergeres of exquisite design and proportion. Our pieces are left in lived-in condition, pending our custom conservation and polish to preference....
Pair of Austrian Round Biedermeier Side Tables with Ram's Heads, 19th Century
Pair of Austrian Round Biedermeier Side Tables wit...
Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Tables
Wood, Cherry
This Austrian pair of early 19th century Biedermeier side tables features a blond cherry veneered round top over three exquisitely curved legs. Each of these legs is adorned with carved...
19th Century German Biedermeier Style Secretary

19th Century German Biedermeier Style Secretary
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires
Wood, Mahogany, Softwood
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. Straight...
Austrian Biedermeier Burl Walnut Round Pedestal Table from the Mid-19th Century
Austrian Biedermeier Burl Walnut Round Pedestal Ta...
Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Center Tables
Walnut, Burl
This Biedermeier pedestal from Austria features an exquisite burl walnut circular top. The grain gives it an almost floral, rosette type motif. The central turned pedestal is raised on ...
Early 19th Century Biedermeier Fruitwood Secretaire a Abattant
Early 19th Century Biedermeier Fruitwood Secretair...
Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires
Fruitwood
The attractively figured golden fruit with contrasting ebonized detailing throughout; the upper part with arched paneled doors flanked by carved giltwood Classical male caryatids openin...
Small Table Mirror, Biedermeier, circa 1830

Small Table Mirror, Biedermeier, circa 1830
Antique Early 19th Century European Biedermeier Table Mirrors
Mirror, Wood
Rare small table mirror which is completely veneered and has graphic intarsia. Neneath the oval mirror there is a small drawer. Material: Wood, veneered, mirror Measurements: W.32.5 x...
Pair of Swedish Mahogany Karl Johan Biedermeier Si...
Antique 1820s Swedish Karl Johan Side Chairs
Mahogany, Giltwood
Pair of regal side chairs with Napoleon Hat crest rails, parcel-gilt trident detail in splat, square saber legs, original drop seats upholstered in striped black and cream upholstery. B...
Antique 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Bureau Secretary Desk
Antique 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Bureau Sec...
Antique Early 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Secretaires
This early 19th century Biedermeier bureau was made in two sections, circa 1810-1830. The casework is birch with painted black accents and a pair of narrow white marble pilasters separa...
Pair of 19th Century Biedermeier Chairs with Grey Silk Velvet Upholstered Seats
Pair of 19th Century Biedermeier Chairs with Grey ...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Upholstery, Wood, Birch
A pair of Austrian, 19th century Biedermeier side chairs. This pair of Biedermeier birch side chairs from circa 1840 features a scrolled back with partially pierced ebonized diamond pat...
Biedermeier Bergère Chair, Danube Monarchy, circa 1820
Biedermeier Bergère Chair, Danube Monarchy, circa...
Antique 1820s Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Fabric, Walnut
Biedermeier bergère chair on tapered legs with brass sabots. The rear legs are slightly bent. The backrest has a straight edge and is in a right angle to the C-shaped sides. The chair i...
Bureau Secretaire Dutch Biedermeier with Cylinder ...
Antique Early 19th Century Dutch Biedermeier Secretaires
Fine and iconic figured mahogany Biedermeier cylinder bureau/secretaire with architectural top consisting of a central door flanked by two further doors all with applied birds eye maple...
German Biedermeier Tole Peinte Tray with Romantic ...
Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Serving Pieces
Metal, Brass
A very fine and decorative German polychrome painted oval metal tray. Decorated overall with a landscape, with hills and a small village in the distance, an elegant couple walking throu...
Elegant Biedermeier Sofa with Neoclassical Detaili...
Antique 1840s German Biedermeier Settees
Brass, Fabric, Satin, Upholstery, Cherry
Elegant Biedermeier sofa with neoclassical detailing. An elegant Biedermeier sofa or banquette with neoclassical detailing, in a somewhat “Throne style” design having a symmetrical scr...
Pair of Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Birch Armchairs from Sweden
Pair of Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Birch Arm...
Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Armchairs
Pair of antique birch Biedermeier arm chairs from Sweden, circa 1880. The sloping back with scrolled arms in the flame birch are a Classic Swedish design of this period. The turned arm ...
Biedermeier Wingback Armchair in Birch, circa 1825

Biedermeier Wingback Armchair in Birch, circa 1825...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Armchairs
Birch
A well-proportioned Biedermeier wingback chair in birch with carved crest and contiguous arms ending in saber legs. Offers upholstered seat and back. Northern Germany, circa 1825. Me...
Biedermeier Period Antique German Walnut Table, Berlin, circa 1825
Biedermeier Period Antique German Walnut Table, Be...
Antique 1820s German Biedermeier Center Tables
Giltwood, Walnut
Receive our new selections direct from 1stdibs by email each week. Please click Follow Dealer below and see them first! The clean powerful lines of this antique German walnut table c...