Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Antique 19th Century Biedermeier Secretaire, Germany, Birch, Mahogany, cica 1830



Biedermeier secretary with secret compartments Germany (Saxony) birch, mahogany and others Biedermeier, circa 1830 Dimensions: H x W x D: 172 x 105 x 52 (92) cm Description: Writing cabinet standing on massive feet following the shape of the corpus. Three large drawers in the lower section, the lowest one slightly protruding, typical for the region. Above them is the folding writing tablet and a very impressive interior. This consists of a central open compartment surrounded by six drawers of different sizes. In addition, there are two pull-out drawers with compartments for letters, papers, etc. The interior impresses with its beautiful architecture based marquetry. Thus we find a so-called masonry marquetry on the lower wide drawer, above it small inlaid pilasters, which lead over to round arch segments. At the top center we see an ornamental inlay work in mahogany on a maple ground. Behind the drawers are some secret compartments. Above the interior there is another obvious drawer, and two more hidden in the cornice. The key plates and handles are ebonized, the light colored wood on the outside is a nice contrast to the dark interior. Condition: Restored, ready to daily use. Perfect in function. Comparable objects can be found in the reference book: Rainer Haaff - Biedermeier Welten p. 126 Useful informations about Biedermeier epoche: The Biedermeier era developed almost at the same time as the Empire and so we find numerous parallels in the design language. Both epochs were characterized by a strictly classicistic and straightforward basic form. Precious woods such as cherry or mahogany, which was very expensive at the time, were popular in both epochs. Walnut, ash, birch and all kinds of fruit woods were also popular. In Biedermeier furniture construction, attention is paid to straight lines and a strictly cubist design. Decorative elements are largely dispensed with, even the geometric fields of the previous Louis XVI era give way in favor of flatness. Carefully selected and mirrored veneers now ensure the design of the surface. Sparsely attached pillars and recessed key plates made of ebony loosen up the flatness. The formal language of the Biedermeier period spread throughout Central Europe from circa 1800. We find Biedermeier furniture in regionally different variations in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Hungary, as well as in the Scandinavian region. We call the transition phase to historicism, beginning from the 1840s, the late Biedermeier or Louis-Philippe epoche. In the middle of the 19th century, the strict cubist lines of the Biedermeier were supplemented by more playful shapes and ultimately replaced entirely.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 67.72 in. (172 cm)Width: 41.34 in. (105 cm)Depth: 20.48 in. (52 cm)
  • Style
    Biedermeier (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Greven, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5419220490912

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Greven, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the SellerNew to 1stDibs
No Reviews Yet
Located in Greven, Germany
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2014
1stDibs seller since 2020
6 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Biedermeier Secretary Desk, Germany, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This Biedermeier secretary comes from Germany and was constructed in 19th century. It is made of coniferous wood, veneered vertically with walnut. This secretary desk has undergone a...

Antique 19th Century German Biedermeier Secretaires



19th Century Louis Philippe Secretaire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Louis Philippe style Secretaire has been completely restored and has its original burled finish in very good condition. The piece features four large drawers, a drop-top desk wi...

Antique Early 19th Century French Louis Philippe Secretaires



Exceptional 18th Century Swedish Birch Compartmental Secretaire or Bureau
Located in London, GB
An exceptional 19th century Swedish Birch secretaire or Bureau with a beautiful grain and warm mellow color. It features one long shallow top drawer over a fall front which opens wi...

Antique 1840s Swedish Other Secretaires



19th Century William IV Mahogany Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, CA
A William IV style mahogany secretary cabinet. Outset surface with a molded edge over a single drawer which opens to reveal a writing surface and three small drawers, set above a bow...

Antique 19th Century Danish William IV Desks and Writing Tables



19th Century Unique Restored German Biedermeier Walnut Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Biedermeier writing desk Completely restored. Shellac polish. Material: Walnut veneer, lacquer Source: Germany Period: 1830-1839.

Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables


Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

19th Century Unique Restored German Biedermeier Maple Writing Desk, 1830s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Biedermeier writing desk Completely restored. Shellac polish. Material: Maple Source: Germany Period: 1830-1839.

Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks and Writing Tables


Wood, Lacquer, Maple

French 19th Century Empire Walnut Greek Female Heads Secretaire à Abattant
Located in Berlin, DE
French 19th Century Empire Walnut Greek Female Heads Writing Desk or Secretaire à Abattant A fine walnut veneered secretaire à abattant, with a mottled grey Gris-St-Anne marble top...

Antique 19th Century French Restauration Secretaires


Marble, Bronze

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Pine Wood Secretaire with Folding Table
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gorgeous Gustavian Swedish drop front secretaire with amazing patina and colors. Seven interior chests and folding table Original paint and nice aged antique patina.

Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery