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Biedermeier Chairs

Biedermeier Style

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 Viennese Chair in Biedermeier Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Maple root on solid beechwood. Straight frame on tapered squares. Circular backrest connected by an arcuate central web. Seat surface, Classic padded, with laced spring base, (French...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Maple

Vienna Biedermeier Chair after Josef Danhauser
Located in Berlin, DE
Maple roots on solid beechwood. Classical upholstering. Feather base with French lacing. Measures: Width:46 cm, Height:86 cm Depth:49 cm
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20th Century German Biedermeier Chairs

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Birdseye Maple

Austrian Biedermeier Style Walnut Armchair with New Upholstery, circa 1870
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Biedermeier style walnut veneered armchair from the late 19th century, with arching base and new upholstery. Created in Austria during the third quarter of the 19th century, this B...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Three Biedermeier Chairs, Germany 1820-1830
Located in Belmont, MA
Three original Biedermeier chairs, Germany 1820-1830, cherry veneer. In original condition.
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry

19th Century Walnut Austrian Biedermeier Chairs, 4 Pieces, 1830s, New Upholstery
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Set of Biedermeier chairs, four pieces. Completely restored, new fabric and upholstery included. Source: Czechia (Bohemia) Period: 1830-1839 Shellac-polish.     
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19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Biedermeier Shovel Chair, Ebonized Wood, Vienna/Austria circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Wonderful, classic early Biedermeier shovel chairs from Austria circa 1820. Ebonized fruit wood, shellac hand polished (French Polish). Newly upholstered after old methods. For the...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 4 Seats Biedermeier Style Merlino
Located in Milan, IT
Wonderful set of four Biedermeier style seats made in solid cheerywood and finished with a veneering in the same wood and light green velvet for the seat. Each chair is fitted with t...
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2010s Italian Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Cherry

Unique Biedermeier Chair
Located in Milan, IT
Unique Biedermeier chair.
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1830s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Pewter

Neoclassic Biedermeier Side Chairs, 3 Available
Located in Westport, CT
Sublime form graces these neoclassic Biedermeier chairs in a warm walnut veneer, 3 available, priced individually, note generous seat size Dating: circa 1820 Origin: probably Vienna ...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Set of 6 Biedermeier Chairs, Germany, 19th Century
Located in Wrocław, Poland
Set of six comfortable, original Biedermeier style chairs manufactured in Germany, circa 1820-1840. The chairs are made of walnut, partly on the seat and backrest veneered with walnu...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Biedermeier Swedish Carver Chairs 1800s Antique Quilted Golden Birch
Located in LONDON, GB
Swedish Biedermeier Empire pair of carver chairs in highly quilted golden birch veneers finished in the Classic honey color French polish finish with ormolu roundel on the arms. T...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

19th Century Bohemian Biedermeier Chair, Cherry-Tree, Period 1830-1839, Restored
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Biedermeier chair Completely restored, upholstery included. Source: Czechia (Bohemia) Period: 1830-1839 Shellac-polish. We guarantee safe a the cheapest air transport from Europe to...
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1830s Czech Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Cherry, Lacquer

19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chair
Located in Darmstadt, DE
A chair from the time of the Biedermeier, circa 1830. The chair is made of solid cherrywood. The chair is newly upholstered with straps and springs and covered with new fabric. In v...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry

20th Century Chair in the Old Biedermeier Style Maple Root Veneer on Beechwood
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood with maple root veneer. Conical squares. Straight frame. Exceptional arched backrest. Connected by a curved middle bridge. Seat surface, classic padded. High-quality ...
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20th Century German Biedermeier Chairs

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Beech, Maple

Set of Three Biedermeier Walnut Chairs, Around 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Set of three Biedermeier chairs in solid and veneered walnut. The chairs stand on square tapered legs and have straight frames and openwork backs with rounded top rails. The chairs w...
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1830s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Klismos Chair, Italian Walnut, Medium Brown Stain and Shellak Polish Finish
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
The Klismos chair became popular with the rise of the 19th century archeology fashion through the archeological moment along with the national museums, the Grand Tour and the books o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Biedermeier Chairs, Northern Germany, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Set of four Biedermeier chairs with upholstered seats and backrests with curved struts. The legs are slightly flared, and the seats are newly covered with a grey striped fabric.
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1830s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood

Biedermeier Style Cane Back and Ormolu Slipper Chairs, a Pair
Located in Garnerville, NY
Blonde wood caned back with ormolu mounts Biedermeier style slipper chairs, circa 1965-1970. Chair frames are structurally sound and sturdy. The caning is in very good condition with...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Biedermeier Chairs

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Bronze

Set of Four Biedermeier Chairs, South Germany, 1820
Located in Belmont, MA
A set of four Biedermeier chairs, South Germany 1820. These very pretty unique Biedermeier chairs have a gorgeous walnut veneer. The open work back has ebonized details. The chairs ...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Fine Single Biedermeier Side Chair
Located in New York, NY
Fine Biedermeier side chair. Walnut with walnut burl, ebonized accents and fruitwood inlays.  
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut, Fruitwood

Klismos Chair, Italian Walnut, Brown Stain, Shellac Polish Finish, leather braid
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
The Klismos chair became popular with the rise of the 19th century archeology fashion through the Grand Tour, the national museums and the books of Shliemann. Today it is fulfill...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

20th Century Vienna Biedermeier Style Chair
Located in Berlin, DE
Vienna Biedermeier chair after Josef Danhauser, 1805-1845. Maple roots on solid beechwood. Classical upholstering. (C-Sam-2).
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20th Century Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood, Beech, Maple

Pair of Biedermeier Fruitwood Tub Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pretty pair of Austrian Biedermeier fruitwood tub chairs, the arched curved backs terminating in carved arms above a gently curving seat supported on reeded short legs. Upholstered...
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Fruitwood

Pair of Austrian Biedermeier 1840s Walnut Wraparound Back Upholstered Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Austrian Biedermeier period walnut wraparound back armchairs from the mid 19th century, with tapered legs and new upholstery. Created in Austria during the second quarter o...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Very Elegant Biedermeier Chair, Birch, 19th Century
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid birch wood. Slightly trapezoidal frame on also slightly saber-shaped legs. Rectangular, profiled backrest framing, ebonized sprout wood in the center. Extra professional and hi...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

Lady Chairs, Central German Probably, Thuringia, 1830-1840
Located in Greding, DE
Four delightful lady chairs made out of plum wood, with a round seat and slightly flared legs. The backrest is curved and decorated with fine maple thread inlays. The seats are newly...
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1830s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Fabric, Maple, Wood

Set of Four Biedermeier Chairs, Vienna 1820, Attributed to Josef Danhauser
Located in Belmont, MA
A set of four Biedermeier chairs, Vienna 1820. This exquisite set of four chairs shows definitely an influence of the Danhauser workshop in Vienna. The chairs have a beautifully sh...
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1820s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Biedermeier 19th Century Walnut Barrel Back Armchair with New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Austrian Biedermeier walnut barrel back armchair from the 19th century, with scrolling knuckles and new upholstery. Created in Austria during the 19th century, this Biedermeier ar...
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19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

20th Century Six Chairs in the Biedermeier Style Palisander Veneer on Beechwood
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood with Palisander veneer. Elegantly curved saber-shaped legs in a straight frame. High-arched curved backrest, in the center medallion-shaped middle bridge. A very nice...
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20th Century German Biedermeier Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of Four Biedermeier Chairs, 1820s
Located in Greding, DE
Four Biedermeier walnut armchairs with straight rails, standing on tapered feet. The rear legs are slightly curved. The shovel-shaped backrests with decorative strutting show Fine th...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Klismos Chair, Italian Walnut, Natural blonde stain and shellack polish finish
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Klismos chair became popular with the 19th century archology fashion through the archeological moment with the national museums, the Grand Tour and the books of Shliemann. Today is u...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

20th Century Vienna Biedermeier Beech Chair after Josef Danhauser
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood with maple root veneer. Seat classical upholstered. (C-Sam-34).  
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20th Century Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood, Beech, Maple

Biedermeier Black Wood and Green Velvet Chairs, 1830
Located in Rome, IT
Four beautiful Biedermeier chairs with an unmistakable design, black shellac for the structure and a beautiful green and white velvet for the seat., note the particular design of the...
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1830s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Biedermeier Eclectic Set, Unique Set of 6 Armchairs Each in Different Design
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Here the set of 6 Biedermeier armchairs. After the success of the first set I was able to make two more interesting sets from the collection that is probably the widest mid 19th ...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry, Walnut

Biedermeier Chair, Prague, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Biedermeier cherrywood chair with a turned stretcher between the slightly bent front legs. The shovel-shaped backrests shows turned stretchers as well as fan-carvings in the corners ...
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1830s Czech Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry

Swedish Biedermeier Dining Chairs Set of 6 Flame Mahogany Antique Deco
Located in LONDON, GB
Set of 6 antique Swedish flame mahogany Biedermeier dining chairs with the distinctive curved seat back, carved central motif and gracefully curved front legs. It includes 4 chairs a...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Biedermeier Shovel Chairs, Italy, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Shovel chairs standing on carved paw feet with cane seats and inlays in the form of vines on the frame and fire-shaded decorations around a central velarium motif on the backrest.  
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1830s Italian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood

19th Century Biedermeier Cherry Chair
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Classic upholstered Biedermeier chair. The chair dates from the Biedermeier period, circa 1815 and is newly upholstered in the traditional style with straps and springs. The chair is...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry

19th Century Pair of Biedermeier Style Mahogany Armchair Chair
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid mahogany with maple inserts. Trapezoidal frame on saber-shaped legs. Strongly curved supports, ending in rolled volutes for slightly rising armrests. High-profile, shaped backr...
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19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Mahogany, Maple

19th Century, Set of Six Solid Walnut Biedermeier Chairs from Germany
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of six chairs, Biedermeier, solid walnut-wood. The chairs were new re-upholstered. Measure: Seat height 42 cm.
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Swedish Biedermeier Carver Chairs Late 1800s Antique Honey Quilted Golden Birch
Located in LONDON, GB
Swedish Biedermeier Empire pair of carver chairs in highly quilted golden birch veneers finished in the Classic honey color French polish finish with ormolu roundel on the arms and f...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Danish Biedermeier Grass Green Upholstered Side Chairs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish Biedermeier side chairs with beautiful carved wood design. This pair of chairs has been newly reupholstered with grass green Knoll fabric. The chairs are as comfortable as the...
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1830s Danish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Upholstery, Birch

Set of Four Biedermeier Chairs, Northern Germany 1820
Located in Belmont, MA
A set of four elegant Biedermeier chairs, mahogany veneer. The back has an elegant open work decor. The chairs are in very good condition. They have a new upholstery and you can ch...
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1810s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Mahogany

19th Century, Set of Six Solid Walnut Biedermeier Chairs
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of six chairs, Biedermeier, solid walnut-wood. The chairs were new re-upholstered. In very good restored condition. Measure: Seat height 47 cm.
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of Biedermeier Black Lacquered Armchairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Open tub form armchairs in fine black lacquered finish. Scrolled arms and large round seats raised on square tapering splayed legs. Newly upholstered in a green textured fabric with ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Biedermeier Shovel Chairs, Walnut, Ink Painting, South Germany, ca. 1830
Located in Regensburg, DE
Exceptional pair of rare, neoclassical Biedermeier Shovel chairs from South Germany around 1830. Walnut veneered and solid wood. Maple veneer inlay in the backrest with big origin...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Ebony, Maple, Walnut, Paint

Swedish Biedermeier Dining Chairs Set of 12 Flame Golden Birch Honey Colour 1800
Located in LONDON, GB
Mixed Set of 12 (6+4+2) antique Swedish flame golden birch Biedermeier dining chairs with the distinctive curved seat back, carved central motif and gracefully curved front legs. Th...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Biedermeier Walnut Side Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Biedermeier walnut side chairs. Beautiful shape and proportions. Old walnut with a polished and waxed finish, 1920s-1930s fine brocade upholstery, having some wear on the edg...
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1830s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Brocade, Walnut

Biedermeier Chair, South German 1820, Walnut
Located in Belmont, MA
Biedermeier Chair, South German 1820. Beautiful walnut veneer embellishes this original Biedermeier chair. The back is decorated with an ebonized volute motif. The chair has been p...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Walnut

Set of 8 Neoclassical Biedermeier Chairs, Walnut, South Germany, circa 1825
Located in Regensburg, DE
Rare and elegant Set of 8 original neoclassical Biedermeier chairs from South Germany / Franconia around 1825. Solid walnut wood, shellac hand-polished. Ebonized quadruple sprouting...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Walnut

A nineteenth century burlwood chair in the Biedermeier Style
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A nineteenth century burlwood framed side chair in the Biedermeier style with elegant curved and carved saber-shaped legs. Featuring ebony inlaid details on the legs and back of the ...
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Mid-19th Century European Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Wood

Swedish Biedermeier Dining Chairs Set of 4 Flame Golden Birch Honey Colour 1800s
Located in LONDON, GB
Set of 4 antique Swedish flame golden birch Biedermeier dining chairs with the distinctive curved seat back, carved central motif and gracefully curved front legs. The top grade ...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Birch

20th Century 2 Biedermeier Style Chairs, Vienna
Located in Berlin, DE
Vienna Biedermeier chairs after Josef Danhauser, 1805-1845. Maple Root on solid beechwood. Classical upholstering.
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20th Century Austrian Biedermeier Chairs

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Maple

Set of 4 Biedermeier Chairs, Cherry Wood, South Germany circa 1820
Located in Regensburg, DE
Elegant, restored set of four neoclassical Biedermeier chairs from South Germany circa 1820. Cherry veneer and solid wood. Ebonized hash as back decoration. Conical square tapered...
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1820s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Cherry, Walnut

19th Century, Set of Five Solid Cherry Biedermeier Chairs
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of five chairs, Biedermeier, solid cherrywood. The chairs were new re-upholstered. In good restored condition. Measure: Seat height 45cm.
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Early 19th Century German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Cherry

Set of 4 Biedermeier Ballon Chairs, Ash Veneer, Grey Velvet, Vienna, circa 1900
Located in Regensburg, DE
Set of 4 extraordinary Biedermeier balloon chairs from Austria / Vienna, circa 1900. Ash veneered and solid, inlaid with bog oak and mahogany. Wonderful, balloon-like shape of the...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Ash, Mahogany, Oak

Set of 4 Seats Biedermeier Style Briarwood
Located in Milan, IT
Set of four Biedermeier seats in solid walnut wood, delicately crafted with a back veneering in walnut wood and a front veneering in briarwood. It features removable upholstery with ...
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2010s Italian Biedermeier Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Biedermeier Chairs Walnut, South German, 19th Century
Located in Epfach, DE
Pair of Biedermeier chairs walnut South German 19th century very classic and comfortable Biedermeier chairs in very good quality, made of walnut, newly upholstered.
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1830s German Antique Biedermeier Chairs

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Nutwood