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 striking Biedermeier revival Art Deco Inspired birch desk, circa: 1930s, the squared desk with a kidney shaped front, with a key fret tooled black leather writing plane above a central drawer and pedestal cupboards and single drawers with curved profiles

Impressive Biedermeier style secretaire a abattant, well fitted interior, approx 185 cm high, 105 cm wide, 62 cm deep

19th century Biedermeier walnut secretaire a abbatant with shaped long top drawer, fall front revealing an interior with long drawer, nine small drawers and pigeon holes, three drawers below with dished handles on bracket feet

An Austrian Biedermeier ebonised and satin birch writing table, circa 1820, 84 cm high, 102 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Exquisite early 19th century Biedermeier flame mahogany fall front secretaire of tall proportions with fitted interior

A German Biedermeier cylindrical roll top desk having fitted interior. 114 cm high, 107 cm wide, 37.5 cm deep

A German Biedermeier four drawer flame mahogany secretaire chest. 88 cm high, 97 cm long, 52 cm deep

A Swedish Biedermeier walnut writing table, the rectangular top with an upstand shelf raised on turned spindles, a single drawer to the frieze, raised on a turned stretcher base. 92 cm x 51 cm x 92 cm

Biedermeier desk, of rectangular form with classical inlay sides, ebony stringing to top, three drawers, stretcher base. Height 80 cm. Depth 76 cm. Width 133 cm

Biedermeier fall front Deskof architectonic form, with fitted interior and secret compartments and two drawers below. Approx. Height 176 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 53 cm

A Scandinavian Biedermeier mahogany bureau, circa 1860, the mahogany veneered bureau with one drawer above a drop down leather surfaced writing surface and fitted interior over double doors and a plinth base. Height 137 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 38 cm

Biedermeier cylinder roll top desk 19th century the interior fitted with three short drawers each side of a central compartment door inlaid with classical figures and obelisks, three long drawers. Height 122 cm. Width 114 cm. Depth 59 cm

A German Biedermeier 19th century flame mahogany concave shaped writing desk, having three drawers and six small drawers above, supported on ornately carved turned legs