Learn about Settee

A long couch dating from the late 17th century, similar to a sofa with arms at either end. Unlike the upholstered sofa, however, the settee usually has a shaped wooden splat back, similar to dining chairs. In Australia, any small couch is sometimes known as a settee.

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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Antique Biedermeier burr walnut settee c.1820 (restored), approx 200 cm wide

Late 19th century Biedermeier mahogany scroll end sofa upholstered in gold floral damask on block feet

A Biedermeier flame mahogany parcel gilt and parcel ebonized settee, Continental, circa 1840. 120 cm high, 185 cm wide, 72 cm deep

A 19th century Biedermeier flame mahogany settee, with mildly concave back rail, carved swan head scroll arm terminals supporting the show timber curved arms, wide plain bottom rail, supported on lion's paw feet and legs, restrained leaf carved detail, the

Biedermeier settee, with wooden frame, the seat, back and sides upholstered in green and ivory striped fabric with green embroided trimming, set on four legs with two extra supports (A/F). Height 93 cm. Width 190 cm. Depth 66 cm

A Biedermeier flame birch sofa, circa 1850, the high rounded back above rollover arms raised on scroll feet all upholstered in textured navy cloth, 225 cm long

An Austrian Biedermeier cherry and upholstered settee, circa 1830, the curved back with exposed cherrywood cross-banding above a padded back and out curved arms with ebonised spreading supports above an over-stuffed seat with additional cushion (not shown)

A fine 19th century mahogany Biedermeier settee, button back surmounted by Crown cresting with scroll ends on cabriole supports. Height 119 cm. Length 210 cm. Depth 76 cm

A Biedermeier style walnut settee, the shaped sunburst moulded crest rail, flanked by scroll arms, scroll legs. 82 cm wide

A Swedish Biedermeier flamed birch and upholstered sofa. Width 225 cm

A Swedish Biedermeier cherry veneered and upholstered sofa. Width 178

A Swedish Biedermeier cherry veneered and upholstered sofa. Width 196 cm

A Biedermeier style maple settee, the padded back and sides above a drop in seat and a panelled seat rail raised on block supports 210 cm length of back.

An early 19th century Biedermeier cherry wood veneered sofa, of architectural form with a central triangular pediment above a shaped back flanked by a pair of urns above a padded back and seat, curved arms raised on doric pilasters and raised on block feet

An Austrian Biedermeier walnut and upholstered sofa, the curved top rail with a central inlaid figure of a winged putto painting, down swept arms, over an over sprung seat, plain rail and raised on square legs. Width 134 cm .

Biedermeier 19th century settee with the cresting with C scroll and rosette carving, with scrolled arms, the apron with foliate carving on short cabriole supports