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Biedermeier Decorative Objects

Biedermeier Style

The authentic Biedermeier furniture on 1stDibs is representative of 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 chairs, tables and other 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 antique, new and vintage Biedermeier furniture offered on 1stDibs, that is now an amusing irony.

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Biedermeier Style Bohemia Oval Bowl in Cut and Ground Blue Crystal
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Beautiful and particular blue crystal bowl; made between 1950 and 1953 in northern Bohemia in the Jablonec nad Nisou area, in one of the many artisan workshops of the place where the...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Antique and All Handcrafted 19th Century Wooden Fruitbowl / Center Table Piece
Located in Lisse, NL
Very rare and easthetically pleasing antique wooden presentation piece. We find it incredible that a piece that looks as fragile as this 19th century fruitbowl still is in such wond...
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19th Century European Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Nutwood

19th Century Biedermeier Vanity Table Mirror Nutwood, Austria, circa 1850
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Marvelous 19th century Biedermeier vanity table mirror from the second period in Austria, circa 1850. The lovely vanity mirror was veneered in fine nut wood and burl and shows a glos...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Mirror, Nutwood, Burl

Pair of Antique Vienna Biedermeier Silver Candleholders, Dated 1840
Located in Vienna, AT
Two baluster-shaped candleholders on a round, broad base, smooth finish with embossed and chased flower, leaf tendril and rocailles decoration on the base and bulge rings, achantus l...
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1840s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Pair of Antique Vienna Biedermeier Silver Candle Holders, Dated 1857
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of silver candle holders on a six-pointed, cambered base with guilloche decoration. Curved shaft, engine-turned, with a slightly flared, vase-shaped spout with a six-pointed ros...
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1850s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Pair of 3-Light Silver Candelabra Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy Prague, 1863
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of three-flame silver candelabra on a hexagonal, cambered, unfilled base. Shank with hexagonal cross-section, smooth surface with gouilloché leaf decoration. On the top piece th...
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1860s Czech Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Biedermeier Beadwork, Pens Casket, Case, Box
Located in Hamburg, DE
Beautifully crafted Biedermeier pencil box from Germany mid - late 19th century. The casket is leather wrapped, embossed and has a push button closure. From the inside the box is lac...
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1870s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Leather, Beads

Large Antique Bohemian Intaglio Cut Amber Glass Jewelry Casket
Located in New York, NY
A stunning and rare 19th century Bohemian intaglio cut to clear footed casket, perfect for storing letters on your writing desk or place among your collection for all to see. This la...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Glass

Music Box, Wooden Box, Germany, Early 20th Century
Located in Hamburg, DE
This small wooden casket from Germany from the beginning of the 20th century, is not only a charming wooden box, but also a music box! Elaborate carvings and a colored flower wafer d...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pair of Biedermeier Cherrywood Picture Frames
Located in Darmstadt, DE
A pair of Biedermeier picture frames hand polished in cherrywood with band inlays all around. The glasses are present in both frames. We can also build mirrors into the frames for yo...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Cherry, Glass

Fine Eight Day 19th Century Architectural Vienna Biedermeier Regulator Clock
Located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
A fine and extremely elegant Vienna regulator of wonderful proportions with a mahogany-veneered and boxwood line inlaid case, c. 1840-50 (German: Dachl-Uhr). The elegant case has a t...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Brass

19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Crotch Maple Grandfather Clock
Located in Dallas, TX
Handsome 19th century Austrian Biedermeier crotch maple grandfather clock. Beautiful wood grain and ebonized details. Very special!
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19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Maple

Pair of Viennese Silver Splendour Candelabras by Anton Köll & Theodor Dörr, 19th
Located in Vienna, AT
Two four-flame candle holders on a quadrangular, domed base, embossed and chased flower and rocailles decoration on a base and a four-pointed shaft, three curved volute arms decorate...
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1850s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Woderful French Green Opaline Trinket Box Circa 1840
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful green French opaline trinket box has been hand cut and polished and mounted in gilt bronze. Circa 1st half of 19th century, the glass is see through and has a vibrant...
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19th Century French Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Glass

Pair of Biedermeier Style Burl Yewood and Bronze Mounted Pillars
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a gorgeous Pair of Biedermeier Style Burl Yewood and bronze-mounted pillars. Probably 20th century and possibly made by the high-end manufacturer, Theodore Alexander of...
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20th Century German Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Wall Clock
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A traditional Austrian Biedermeier wall clock featuring a rectangular carved and gilded wood frame clock face; surmounted by a gilt bronze winged eagle. The decorations on the frame ...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Restored Biedermeier Box, Birdseye Maple, Ebony, Rosewood, Austria circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Restored neoclassical Biedermeier decorative box from Vienna/Austria, circa 1820. Outside woods: Bird's eye maple with inlays in ebony and maple. Rosewood veneer around the corner...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

Antique Biedermeier Grandfather Clock, Longcase, Sweden, Birchwood, circa 1830
Located in Greven, DE
Unusual antique grandfather clock Sweden birch around 1830 Dimensions: Height 205 cm, Wide 69 cm, Deep 30 cm Description: Antique Longcase clock made of solid birchwood with solid...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Birch

19th Century Swiss Mechanical Clock Painting, Circa 1820
Located in Vero Beach, FL
19th century Swiss mechanical clock painting circa 1820 This antique and unique clock painting is created in oil on metal circa 1820 in Switzerland. This clock painting is an exce...
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19th Century Swiss Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

Biedermeier Nut Wood Box Early 19th Century, Austria, circa 1835
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely Biedermeier nut wood box from the early 19th century circa 1835 in Austria. A very decroative box veneered in fine nut wood. This simple but elegant shaped box shows a timeles...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Fruitwood, Nutwood

Switzerland Mahogany Ebonized Hinged Music Box with Three Cylinders, C. 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
Rare Switzerland mahogany & ebonized hinged music box with the original crank, three interior paper labels, and cylinders. Music box is stamped by maker and is In working condition, ...
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1880s Swiss Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Steel

Bohemian Ruby Overlay Glass Scenic Casket Box 19C
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully decorated with five hand painted scenes of old German landmarks each titled. It has a hinged cover which is mounted with gilt metal around the rim, and opens via a keyhol...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Glass

Pair of Antique Vienna Biedermeier Silver Candle Holders, Dated 1856
Located in Vienna, AT
Two silver candle holders on a six-pointed, cambered stand with a curved and pointed edge, embossed and chased rose decoration on the shaft, base and bulge rings, slightly flared vas...
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1850s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Antique Wine Cooler with Lion Head Masks
Located in Antwerp, BE
Exceptional small chest or wine cooler in mahogany, partly veneered and on claw-feet, with lion head masks on each corner and garlands at the front on both sides. The cover with lobb...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Zinc

Biedermeier Box, Walnut Veneer and Maple, Austria, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Fourfold mirrored walnut veneer. Maple and plum inlaid ribbon around edge. Inside with mirror, later replaced. Bright walnut trim, around the bottom.
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Mirror, Maple, Walnut

Big Restored Biedermeier Box, Walnut, Maple, Austria/Vienna, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Beautiful, big, restored Biedermeier box from Austria/Vienna, around 1820. Wood: walnut with inlays in maple. Inside in maple and ebonized. Old mirror in the lit, could have been ...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

Religious Cross and 6 pcs 19th Century Porcelain Angels
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Collection of 7 religious items- mother of pearl Crucifixion and 6 pcs 19 th century porcelain angels, 2 small ones with losses, the rest in great condition.
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Neoclassical Biedermeier Decorative Box, Walnut Veneer, South Germany circa 1840
Located in Regensburg, DE
Neoclassical Biedermeier decorative / casket / jewelry / cigar box from South Germany, circa 1840. Walnut and Mahagoni veneered on Oak. Inlays of colored maple. All the outside wo...
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1840s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

Swedish Biedermeier Karelian Birch Hat Box
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Biedermeier-style (20th Century) Karelian birch round shaped hat box with leather strap.   
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20th Century Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Leather, Birch

English Grandfather Clock 19th Century with a Mahogany Case
Located in Berlin, DE
English floor clock from the 19th century, mahogany with defects, hand painted dial with Roman numerals and polychrome painting with vedute painting. The movement may not work; it ma...
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19th Century English Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Mahogany

19th Century Viennese Enamel Vase with Portrait of a Lady in Front of Landscape
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass vase in baluster shape, on the outside completely painted with enamel: Depiction of a romantic forest and pond landscape, in the foreground a portrait of an elegant lady with a...
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1880s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

Antique English Edwardian Pierced Sterling Silver Bowl
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver bowl. Made by S. Blanckensee & Son Ltd in Birmingham in 1918. Solid oval well and tapering sides with pierced and open quatrefoils, scrollwork, and flowers. ...
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1910s American Vintage Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Biedermeier Mantle Clock Walnut with Ormolu Mounts, circa 1820
Located in London, GB
A three train walnut and marble Biedermeier mantle clock with ormolu mounts, circa 1820. Walnut case with boxwood stringing, gilded bonze floral mounts, engine turned dial and a w...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Ormolu

19th Century Mother-of-Pearl Spoon or Jewelry Box with Silver Hinges and 'Lock'
Located in Lisse, NL
Another fine and handcrafted antique from days gone by. This stylish and fine quality 'spoonbox' from circa 1860 is in beautiful condition. This handcrafted gem has a particularly b...
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Mid-19th Century Dutch Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Marble Portrait Busts of Male and Female 19th Century American
Located in London, GB
Two busts of male and female couple carved in marble, Biedemeier style American second half of 19th century, signed on reverse of each carved 'Dewey'. Two Portrait of a well to do c...
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Mid-19th Century Central American Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Carrara Marble

Biedermeier Box, Thuja Roots, Mahogany, Germany, 19th Century
Located in Regensburg, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier decorative Box for Jewellery or Letters from Germany, 19th century. Thuja roots and Mahogany veneered. Around the edges of the Thuja Veneer (on all 5 sides of ...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Wood, Ebony, Mahogany

Biedermeier Box, Walnut Roots Veneer with Inlays, South Germany
Located in Regensburg, DE
Neoclassical Biedermeier decorative box, walnut roots veneer with inlays, South Germany, circa 1820. Walnut roots / burl veneered on spruce. Maple, plum inlayed around and at the c...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Maple, Walnut, Softwood

Fine Berlin Cast Iron Tobacco Box
Located in New York, NY
A fine Berlin cast iron tobacco box with griffin motifs.
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Berlin Iron

Early 19th Century Biedermeier White Marble Bust of a Boy, Around 1820
Located in Berlin, DE
A unique piece which is a great eye-catcher for your antique, modern, Space Age or mid-century interior. All pieces are looked after in our own restoration workshop. We also can do ...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Marble

Wooden Jewelry/Trinket Box with Mother of Pearl Inlay, 19th Century
Located in Budapest, HU
Wooden jewelry/trinket box with mother of pearl inlay.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Pair Nightstand Water Carafes in 19th Century Style, Bohemian Glass
Located in Nový Bor, CZ
This hand-made set is meant to be placed on a nighstand to hold water. It’s made from gold ruby glass. The glass is painted by hand with gold and cut by hand. The whole set include...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

19th Century Bohemian Gilded Crystal Vase with Cover Blue Biedermeier Miniature
Located in Milan, IT
19th century Bohemian gilded crystal vase with cover, an extraordinary elegant blue and gilt crystal circular lidded box with a superlative scrolling and vegetal gilt decoration and ...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Biedermeier Box with Interior, Walnut, Birch, Cherry, Maple, Vienna, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Very fine neoclassical Biedermeier casket box with full interior from Austria / Vienna, circa 1820. Elaborately done sewing / casket / jewelry box, thick walnut veneer on cherry s...
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Horn, Fabric, Mirror, Wood, Birch, Cherry, Maple, Walnut

Biedermeier Nut Wood Jewelry Box with Ebonized Edges, Austria, circa 1840
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely Biedermeier wooden jewelry box from a round 1840 in Austria. Made of fine nut wood, this beautiful small box shows inlayed ebonized edges around the lid as well as triangular ...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Felt, Palisander, Walnut

Antique and Extra Large, Carved Shell Jewelry Box with Silver Lock and Hinges
Located in Lisse, NL
The largest mid-19th century shell box we ever saw. This wonderful antique jewelry box is the largest of its kind that we ever had the pleasure of offering and it is inlaid with a d...
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Mid-19th Century Dutch Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Silver

Biedermeir Style Bohemia Pair of Ruby Red Crystal Bottles Cut and Grinded
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Spectacular and striking pair of ruby red crystal bottles; made between 1920 and 1925 in northern Bohemia in the area of Jablonec nad Nisou, in one of the many artisan workshops of t...
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Early 20th Century Czech Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Crystal

19th century Biedermeier Walnut Root Slant Top Letter Box Inlaid Bird Motif
Located in Savannah, GA
Large size slant top 19th century Biedermeier veneered walnut root letter box with inlaid bird and vine motif. Beautiful exotic woods with inlay and ebony accents. The interior is di...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Wood

Gilt Biedermeier Wall Mirror with Bulls Eye Carvings, Austria, circa 1825
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Breathtaking, large Austrian Gilt Biedermeier wall mirror from the early period around 1825. The wide, deeply grooved frame was covered with fine gold leaf and impresses with classic...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Biedermeier Box, Ebony, Walnut and Inlays, South Germany, circa 1850
Located in Regensburg, DE
Beautiful late Biedermeier decorative box, circa 1850. Frame in walnut with top cover made of ebony Veneer and big flower inlays in green-red-yellow toned Fruitwoods. Side inlays are...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Ebony, Maple, Walnut

Biedermeier Style Candlesticks
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
These are an interesting pair of Biedermeier style candlestick holders. They are inlaid with a veneer of stone and are outlined with ebonized decoration, mid-20th century.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Stone

Biedermeier Walnut and Alabaster Mantle Clock
Located in Essex, MA
With female bust finial over an enameled clock face flanked by gryphons, the whole above four alabaster columns with mirror back with gilt bronze maiden, plinth base with bronze moun...
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Walnut

Firegilt Brass Jewelry Box with Porcelain Picture, Austria, circa 1860
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Unique firegilt brass jewelry box with porcelain picture from Austria, circa 1860. The artfully made box from the mid-19th century impresses with an amazingly detailed surface adorne...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Brass

Biedermeier Chimney Clock with Inlays, circa 1860
Located in Berlin, DE
Rosewood with tendril and thread inserts. Rectangular base with four columns and the clock hung under the architrave. Dial Email. Gold-plated brass bezel and decorated gold compensat...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Beech

Biedermeier Box, Ebonized, Inlays, Cherry, South Germany, circa 1840
Located in Regensburg, DE
Biedermeier decorative box, ebonized, inlays, cherry, South Germany, circa 1840. Beautiful Late-Biedermeier decorative casket box. Lid veneered in ebonized plum on solid cherry tree...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Metal

19th Century Mora Swedish Birchwood Grandfather Clock
Located in Roma, RM
Beautiful Grandfather clock from Sweden, Biedermeier period, circa 1820, in birchwood with ebonized parts, working mechanism with alarm (bell that rings with its own charge for about...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Birch

Biedermeier Sewing Box, Mahogany, Drawer Needle Cushion, France, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier sewing casket box Mahogany in beautiful book-matched veneered and Maple Top inside in oakwood, inlay compartments in cherrywood, drawer in beechwood Graded...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Bone, Mahogany, Upholstery

Neoclassical Biedermeier Box, Cherry Veneer, South Germany, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Neoclassical Biedermeier decorative box, cherry veneer, South Germany, circa 1820 Plain Biedermeier decorative casket box, jewelry box in cherrywood veneer on spruce with ebonized d...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Spruce, Cherry

Neoclassical Biedermeier Box, Walnut, Ebony, South Germany, circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Walnut veneer, inlays of ebony (Trim on top late and key escutcheon) New brass hinges. Shellac hand polish (French Polish)     
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Decorative Objects

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Ebony, Walnut