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Biedermeier Building and Garden Elements

The authentic Biedermeier furniture on 1stDibs is representative of the first modern European decorative style not dictated by the tastes of the aristocracy. Following the Napoleonic wars, a growing, wealthy urban middle class in the German-speaking states of Central Europe began to demand rights and privileges once granted only to nobles. To avoid trouble, the upwardly striving confined their political discussions to one another’s homes. And so the salon was born.

Cabinetmakers in cities such as Vienna, Berlin and Mainz began to offer goods that reflected the tastes and needs of the new class. The makers of Biedermeier chairs, tables and other furniture used little or no gilding, silver hardware or other lavish ornament. Ebonized trims are common on Biedermeier cabinetry, and neoclassical elements — lyre-shaped chair splats, carved scrollwork, table supports shaped like Greek columns. But the strongest aesthetic statement came from the wood — richly-grained, honey-colored, often book-matched veneers of walnut and fruitwood.

There are two iconic Biedermeier furniture forms, both made to outfit rooms designed for conversation. One is the sofa, deeply upholstered with a strong, architectural wooden frame. The second is the circular pedestal table, which stood at the center of the room, offering a surface on which to place coffee and cake services; or to roll out a map, or sketch out ideas on paper.

“Biedermeier” was originally a derogatory term — it derives from the pen names of two German magazine writers who mocked bourgeois manners. Looking at the elegant and refined antique, new and vintage Biedermeier furniture offered on 1stDibs, that is now an amusing irony.

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Unique Marble Column with Natural Grain
Located in Berlin, DE
Black marble with grey-white grain. Stepped round foot in distended shank. Ovoider body, slightly rising neck and broad arched edge. This column can be divided in five pieces.     
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Building and Garden Elements

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Unique Marble Column with Natural Grain
Located in Berlin, DE
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Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Bird Bath in Solid Marble
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This is a unique and very high quality Biedermeier antique fireplace surround in Italian Porto d'or marble. This is a once in a lifetime acquisition opportunity for the lover of Bied...
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Precious plant stand from the early Biedermeier period, a subtle all over Patina emphasizes the grain of the walnut wood, showing a beautiful color of the wood. All veneered in waln...
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Mid-century Modern Biedermeier Style Pedestal Stands Pair
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Classic modern pair of veneered maple pedestals in the Biedermeier style. Nice detail with ebony accents. Sturdy footing for holding heavy decorative objects or plants.See measuremen...
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Maple & Ebony Biedermeier Peat Bucket for Coal Brass Lined Great Bin Planter
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We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely handmade circa 1850 antique Beidermier peat bucket for coal, brass lined, ideal as a modern waste paper bin or planter A truly stunn...
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Fine European Original Antique Fireplace Surround for Timeless Chique Interior
Located in Beervelde, BE
This is a very nice grey-green, marble stone original antique fireplace mantel. The design of it fits it in timeless and contemporary interiors as well Art Deco ones. The polished s...
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