Learn about Biedermeier

Beidermeier is the name given to a style of blond-wood furniture and to decorative arts popular in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia between the early and mid 19th century. Popular at the same time as the French Empire style, the Beidermeier design was based on utilitarian principles, and has been described as French Empire style without the flamboyance.

Beidermeier furniture typically has straight or gently curved lines without elaborate carvings and often used classical motifs such as columns, gables, egg and dart and bead and reel. Ornamentations in brass and sometimes inlay were added to enhance the straight lines. Columns or bases, and keyhole escutcheons were sometimes ebonised to contrast with the light-coloured timbers used in construction. Burr veneers were also popular because of their variations in colour and attractive markings.

Biedermeier furniture used timbers that were locally available in Germany and Scandinavia such as walnut, cherry, birch, ash and oak, rather than the more expensive imported timbers such as mahogany. Whilst this timber was available, the taxes applied at import and between states made it too expensive for the Biedermeier market. more...
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A set of twelve Biedermeier style gilded leather upholstered elbow chairs, 20th century

A set of six Austrian Biedermeier walnut and maple chairs together with a set of six similar chairs of later date, with c-scroll top rails above spear splats and ball finials on square tapered and sabre legs

An Austrian Biedermeier walnut suite, dining table and five chairs, the table with a segmentaly veneered top with a central inlaid figure of a winged putto painting, on a concaved hexagonal column raised on an ebonised platform, the chairs with conforming

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