Learn about Biedermeier

Biedermeier, Empire and Art Deco have shared roots.

Often misunderstood, Biedermeier is a period 1815-1848 , that squarely sits between war and revolutions. It is a period that is not named after a royal personage, nor a fabulously talented designer or a gifted individual furniture maker. The name was coined AFTER that period passed. The name is made up of two words joined together: Bieder- ( meaning simple)and Meier ( a common German name) . It was first coined in a publication of a cartoon like character "Papa Biedermeier" illustrated in "The Flying Pages" a german periodical newspaper. He was a simple character and was quite oblivious to the world around him , a very decent chap with introspective tendencies, who didn't want to trouble anyone else.

Occupation and Empire

Under the French Imperial occupation by Napoleon's troops in Austria and the, as yet to be united, Germanic states in early 1800's , the French Empire style exerted much influence on architecture and design. However the Empire formality did not sit easy amongst the middles classes nor the farmers or workers . It reminded them of the foreign powers controlling their homelands. more...
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A set of six Biedermeier blonde wood dining chairs, Austria, circa 19th century, backs displaying a carved theatre motif, stripped upholstery to seat, 84 x 51 x 42 cm

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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