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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Biedermeier Table with Four Side Chairs, now newly...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Dining Room Sets
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...
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Biedermeier Pedestal Table
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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 Biedermeier three drawer commode
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A Biedermeier three drawer commode
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A Biedermeier three drawer commode with book-matched walnut veneer with engaged doric columns.
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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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Set of Six 19th Century Biedermeier Mahogany Chair...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany
A set of six Biedermeier mahogany shield shaped back dining chairs with seats upholstered in alessandra branca's rouge dudley fabric. From the Branca Casa B Collection
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Classic Biedermeier Daybed
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Classic Biedermeier Daybed
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Day Beds
Walnut, Maple
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
Lief
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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Empire Etagere, Property of the Queen of Wuerttemb...
Johannes Klinkerfuss
Antique 19th Century German Empire Vitrines
Mahogany, Pine, Porcelain
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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Biedermeier or Empire Small Chest of Drawers and S...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Birch, Ormolu
Karl Johan chest of drawers and secretaire, Sweden, circa 1820. Offers a rare and lovely writing desk with the first of three drawers opening to a writing desk containing small drawers...
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Biedermeier Sewing Table with Lyre Base, circa 183...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Side Tables
Birch, Wood
Measures: 22" wide x 15" deep x 29.5" high. Karl Johan sewing table with lyre base, Sweden, circa 1830. Outstanding lyre base sewing table in French polished mahogany. Top is bande...
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Pair of Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Bergeres
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Maple, Mahogany, Pine
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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Uniquely Designed Viennese Biedermeier Armchairs
Josef Danhauser
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut, Pine
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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Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Sofa
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Uniquely Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Sofas
Walnut, Gold, Gold Leaf, Pine
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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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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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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Tall Biedermeier Cabinet
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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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Biedermeier Fruitwood Sofa Table
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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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Exemplary Biedermeier Gilt Wood Mirror
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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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A Biedermeier Two Door Commode
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A Biedermeier Two Door Commode
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
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 ...
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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 ...
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Rare Pair of Ebonized Biedermeier Vitrines
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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
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Set of Four Biedermeier Side Chairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Mahogany, Walnut
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
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A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Club Chairs
A Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
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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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Exceptional Biedermeier Center Table ~ Austria, c. 1830
Acroterion
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 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
Wood, Glass
Period Biedermeier cherrywood mirror with gilt accents
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Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
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Pair of Biedermeier Armchairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Armchairs
Walnut
A highly unusual pair of Biedermeier early 19th century period walnut armchairs simulating bamboo with scroll arms. Northern European c. 1840. Possibly Austrian.
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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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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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Biedermeier Sofa
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Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Sofas
A classic Biedermeier elliptical sofa with scroll insets and block feet.
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Exemplary Biedermeier Conversion Desk
Ritter Antik
Exemplary Biedermeier Conversion Desk
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks
Cherry, Gold Leaf, Pine, Wood
We have DRASTICALLY REDUCED PRICES to create space for our new ART DECO shipment. This four-drawer Biedermeier chest can be converted into a writing desk. Cherry wood on pine in book m...
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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 Ebonized, Giltwood Empire Armchairs
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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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Signed and Dated Biedermeier Secretaire
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Signed and Dated Biedermeier Secretaire
Jan Vlaar Von Altona
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires
Birch, Bronze, Gold, Gold Leaf, Mahogany, Pine
This Biedermeier fall-front secretaire is exemplary for the region of "Altona," North Germany. Signed and dated "Jan Vlaar von Altona, gefertigt Maerz 1818" (..., produced March 1818.) ...
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Pair of Large Comfortable Uniquely Designed Bieder...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Upholstery, Pine, Walnut
This pair of large and comfortable Biedermeier bergères are uniquely designed: Lyre-shaped frames with horn of plenty, volute feet, sculptured fans and palmettes. Book-match veneered w...
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Biedermeier Hall Mirror with Magnificent Pen Works...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Trumeau Mirrors
German Biedermeier hall mirror in mahogany on pine. Attributed to court cabinetmaker Phillip Carl Hildebrandt. Arched top, cornice and capitals with original pen works (Schwarzlotmalere...
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Austrian Biedermeier Cabinet
L'Antiquaire, Biedermeier, Italian and French
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...
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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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Pair of Exemplary Biedermeier Barrel-Back Bergeres...
Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bergere Chairs
Upholstery, Maple, Pine, Wood
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 Three Biedermeier Side Chairs with a Fourth...
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Walnut, Maple
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
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 Modern Designed 1820s Biedermeier Étagère
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Rare Modern Designed 1820s Biedermeier Étagère...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Shelves
Rare Biedermeier étagère with four freestanding swollen Doric columns between base and roof holding two shelves. Finished on all sides for freestanding. Veneered with fine structured ...
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Stately Tiger Maple Biedermeier Sofa
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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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Set of Six Biedermeier Dining Chairs
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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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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: fi...
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Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
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Outstandingly Designed Biedermeier Sofa
Antique 19th Century Czech Biedermeier Sofas
Walnut, Maple, Pine
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, Satinwood, Mahogany
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...
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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
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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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Pair of Biedermeier or Karl Johann Chairs in Birch...
Antique 19th Century Swedish Karl Johan Side Chairs
Pair of Karl Johann Chairs in Birch, Sweden, circa 1820
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Biedermeier Barrel-Back Sofa
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Biedermeier Barrel-Back Sofa
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Sofas
Mahogany, Pine
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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Pair of Biedermeier side chairs
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Pair of Biedermeier side chairs
Antique 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Side Chairs
Cherry, Fruitwood
Pair of Biedermeier chairs in the "klismo" shape. Curved top rail with ebonized marquetry in a rectangular design and lower narrow rail, framing an ebonized reed plant motif splat supp...
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Pair of Biedermeier Consoles with Cabinet in Mahog...
Antique 19th Century Danish Biedermeier Cabinets
Mahogany
A handsome pair of fine Danish Empire cabinets in mahogany with original glass mirrors, Denmark, circa 1825. Of Cuban mahogany, figured and bookmatched throughout. The cabinets feature ...
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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...
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Rare German Biedermeier Secretaire
Ritter Antik
Rare German Biedermeier Secretaire
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires
Brass, Maple, Pine
Lower part with three drawers. Center part with a fall front and a seven-drawer fitted interior surrounding a niche. Stepped upper part with a door, two drawers and a beautiful, pierced...
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Rare Ebonized Biedermeier Bergere
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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 authent...
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Fine Detailed Biedermeier Screen with Original Tap...
Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Screens and Room Dividers
Brass, Silk, Tapestry, Walnut, Maple, Pine
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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