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Biedermeier Armoires

Biedermeier, the neo-classical movement that flourished in Austria, Germany and Germanic Central Europe from 1815 to 1850, was the first European decorative style dictated by the nascent middle class instead of royalty and nobility.

After the Napoleonic wars, an increasingly prosperous urban middle class sought out home decor of quality, taste, and function to fit into their socially-active domestic lives. Like other furniture pieces in the style, Biedermeier armoires were predominantly crafted with blond fruitwoods that “honored” the grain of the wood and featured classical columns, moldings, and pediments.

Pieces that draw from the Viennese lineage of the Biedermeier family tree have a refined delicacy, with sweeping curves and accented by graceful ebonized accents. Conversely, German interpretations tend to be heavier and much more architectural, featuring square and rounded shapes reminiscent of period buildings.

Whether aristocratic in feel or tending toward a more down-to-earth sensibility, all Beidermeier armoires are quietly elegant and imminently practical in keeping with the lifestyles of class of people for which they were created.

Those in the market for an armoire in the Biedermeier subset will find a number of options at auction, from the increasingly scare early forms to equally well-crafted later renditions.


Quick Facts

  • In 2012 at Skinner, a 19th century Biedermeier armoire with book-matched veneer doors accented in recessed arches containing ebonized and gilt arrows sold for $1,896
  • An early 19th century Biedermeier armoire with inlaid geometric diamonds and two large doors sold on eBay in November 2015 for $1,750
  • In 2009, a circa 1840 walnut Biedermeier armoire with serpentine cresting above a single door an interior clothing rod sold at Skinner for $356

Recommended Items at Auction

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19thC Biedermeier Cabinet with Satinwood Inlay
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
19thC Biedermeier Cabinet with Satinwood Inlay
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
BIEDERMEIERKOMMODE
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
BIEDERMEIERKOMMODE
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €140- €0
€1400 Bids
BIEDERMEIER-KOMMODE
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
BIEDERMEIER-KOMMODE
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €180- €0
€1800 Bids
KOMMODE Biedermeier
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
KOMMODE Biedermeier
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €130- €0
€1200 Bids
SCHRANK BIedermeier
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
SCHRANK BIedermeier
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €200- €0
€2000 Bids
Cabinet, Early Biedermeier, Germany
Oct 08, 5:00 PM CEST
Cabinet, Early Biedermeier, Germany
by Fine Antiques Prague s.r.o.
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Folding Secretary – Biedermeier, 1st Half of 19th Century
Oct 08, 5:00 PM CEST
Folding Secretary – Biedermeier, 1st Half of 19th Century
by Fine Antiques Prague s.r.o.
Est: €800- €1,200
€8000 Bids
Vitrine im Biedermeierstil
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Vitrine im Biedermeierstil
by Leo Spik
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€1,0000 Bids
Biedermeier-Style Birch Bedside Commode
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Biedermeier-Style Birch Bedside Commode
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $250- $350
$2000 Bids
SCHREIBSCHRANK Biedermeier, Anfang 19.Jh.
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
SCHREIBSCHRANK Biedermeier, Anfang 19.Jh.
by Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
Est: €120- €0
€1200 Bids
Early 19thC Biedermeier Walnut Commodes
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Early 19thC Biedermeier Walnut Commodes
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
Biedermeierschrank Süddeutsch, um 1820
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Biedermeierschrank Süddeutsch, um 1820
by Leo Spik
Est: €900- €1,080
€7000 Bids
Very decorative Biedermeier corner furniture with
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Very decorative Biedermeier corner furniture with
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €950- €1,900
€9500 Bids
Biedermeier-Style Burlwood Vitrine
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Biedermeier-Style Burlwood Vitrine
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
Kommode, Biedermeier um 1840
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Kommode, Biedermeier um 1840
by Kunst-und Auktionshaus Schloss Hagenburg
Est: €0- €0
€6500 Bids
Vitrinenschrank, Biedermeier um 1840
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Vitrinenschrank, Biedermeier um 1840
by Kunst-und Auktionshaus Schloss Hagenburg
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Biedermeier cabinet, around 1830, solid cherrywood, two
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier cabinet, around 1830, solid cherrywood, two
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €850- €1,700
€8500 Bids
19thC Biedermeier Walnut Marble Top Cabinets
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
19thC Biedermeier Walnut Marble Top Cabinets
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $450- $650
$2250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Biedermeier Armoires


Auktionshaus Karrenbauer

Auktionshaus Karrenbauer

Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions

Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus