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 smart Biedermeier adjustable coffee table/ dining table with two leaves

A Biedermeier sofa table, with rectangular top and D-shaped drop ends, the top with oval flame mahogany panelled inlay and crossbanding, two drawers in the frieze; raised on an octagonal column issuing from a fluted vase shaped centre from an octagonal oge

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A Biedermeier ash and ebonised small drop-side table, Swedish, 19th century. 74 cm high, 62 cm wide closed, 41 cm deep. Provenance: Roy's Antiques, Melbourne

A mid 19th century Biedermeier, mahogany work table, the hinged rectangular shaped top enclosing compartments on scrolled supports above a carved column with a shaped plinth terminating in paw feet. 78 cm high, 50 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A European Biedermeier tilt topped table with ebonised tripod base and figured top. Height 74 cm. Width 74 cm. Depth 55 cm

A Biedermeier style birch dining table and twelve French Empire style mahogany dining chairs 20th century, the table with a one-piece rounded rectangular top, above two facetted baluster pedestals, each with a concave quadripartite platform base; each dini

A good 19th century Biedermeier sewing table, in mahogany with tripod base, hexagonal column. Open well with fabric covered silks drawer. Height 74 cm. Width 53 cm. Depth 41 cm

A fine Biedermeier amboyna telescopic extending dining table, with one original additional leaf and four later leaves, the panelled top above a convex frieze and drop down end supports on C-scroll supports with bronzed rams heads on a circular base with do

A Biedermeier birchwood table, 19th century, widith 71.5 cm. Depth 80 cm. Height 71.7 cm

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