Biedermeier Design Style

Biedermeier Bronze-Mounted, Ebonized and Burled Maple Secretaire à Abattant, early 19th century

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Pair of Biedermeier‑style burled wood and ebonized side tables

p4A ItemID F7958523
Set of six Biedermeier‑style chairs

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A Biedermeier Globustisch globe top stand

p4A ItemID F7957923

Biedermeier Style

The unpretentious and elegant Biedermeier style of furniture and accessories originated in Germany, circa 1820, and was popular there and in Austria until the mid-1840′s. It greatly simplified earlier French Empire lines into a classical architectural look that was also popular in eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and to some extent in France itself. A darker mahogany look was favored in the more northern European regions while the lighter hues of ash, birch, elm and fruitwoods were in fashion in the south. The style’s name comes from the pen-name “Papa Gottlieb Biedermeier”, used by two German poets who satirized the German middle class.


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