Style Files: Biedermeier Furniture

Biedermeier furniture was born from utilitarian principles in Germany during the years 1815 to 1848. Throughout the beginning of the Biedermeier period there was an emphasis on very little ornamentation and clean lines. As the period progressed the Biedermeier style moved away from Romantic-era rebellion and became increasingly ornate. The reason for the change in style was due to the rising middle class who was eager to show off their wealth with ornate, heavy furniture and classical design.

The Biedermeier style was a simplified version of the design influenced by the French Empire Style popular with Napoleon I. Instead of using expensive wood, Biedermeier furniture relied on easily acquired materials such as oak, ash, and cherry wood. The more inexpensive wood was stained and treated to look like imported mahogany. Many of the Biedermeier designs originated in Vienna and went on display at the Vienna applied arts museum in 1896. The furniture was an immediate hit and became an instant collectible.

If you’re looking for a piece of Biedermeier furniture for your home, come to AntiquitiesWeb. AntiquitiesWeb carries a large selection of Beidermeier furniture, including these pieces:


Biedermeier armoire, restored, veneer of walnut, fruitwood and ebonized wood. Rectangular step molded top, flanked by ornamental intarsia pilaster, ebonized circular columns above inlaid pilaster, 2 long doors w/rootwood inlay, shelved, raised on square feet. Circa 1820-1850.


Biedermeier Bureau/ Commode made of oak,walnut, fruitwood and maple. Fall front writing surface with interior drawers above three large drawers. Circa 1820-1840. 


Biedermeier Credenza walnut, maple, fruitwood and ebonized columns with gilt bronze fittings. Upper section with 2 glazed doors and interior shelves. Lower section with 2 drawers above 2 doors with interior shelves. Circa 1840-1850.


Biedermeier Commode – walnut, rootwood and ebony with 4 drawers. Circa 1820-1850.

If you’re looking for a unique piece of Biedermeier furniture then contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antiques are unique, original, and timelessly beautiful. No matter what kind of antique you’re looking for, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.


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