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 Biedermeier circular supper table, Austria, 19th century, circular, raised on a faceted pedestal on a circular base, with later extensions, 74 x 110 cm (unextended)

Two Biedermeier blonde wood side tables, one circular with tapering legs on bun feet joining to a cross stretcher, the other rectangular with a single drawer. The circular table measures 71 x 69 cm, the rectangular table measures 73 x 63.5 x 43.5 cm

A c.1820 German Biedermeier cherrywood circular dining table, fully restored in perfect condition, 78 x 121 x 121 cm

Antique biedermeier one drawer sewing table, with lyre shaped legs and 1 drawer with fitted interiors, width 67.5 cm X diameter 47 cm X height 60 cm approx

Swedish Biedermeier style circular burr walnut breakfast table, approx 74 cm high, 95 cm diameter

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

A mahogany Biedermeier table, circa 1850, with a rectangular serpentine top quarter veneered in fine flame mahogany, above a skirt with a continuous crimped band and supported on a squared vasiform pedestal with two stylised fleur-de-lys side embellishment

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

Biedermeier round table, classical inlaid decoration to border, ebony stringing to top, stretcher base. Height 71.5 cm. Diameter 71 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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