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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Biedermeier-Landschaftsmaler, "St. Wilibaldsburg bey Eichtätt", 2 Gouachen des frühen 19. Jh., gerahmt
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier-Landschaftsmaler, "St. Wilibaldsburg bey Eichtätt", 2 Gouachen des frühen 19. Jh., gerahmt
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €200- €300
€600 Bids
Two Biedermeier Gilt-Metal-Mounted Hungarian Ash, Ebonized and Parcel-Gilt Side Cabinets
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Two Biedermeier Gilt-Metal-Mounted Hungarian Ash, Ebonized and Parcel-Gilt Side Cabinets
by Stair
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Spätbiedermeier-Vitrine, wohl Thüringen um 1850/60
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Spätbiedermeier-Vitrine, wohl Thüringen um 1850/60
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €500- €600
€1500 Bids
Biedermeier-Deckelkrug mit Silbermalerei.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier-Deckelkrug mit Silbermalerei.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Tanzendes Biedermeier-Mädchen in Krinolinenkleid. Keramos.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Tanzendes Biedermeier-Mädchen in Krinolinenkleid. Keramos.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Biedermeier Bildnispendants.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier Bildnispendants.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€3900 Bids
A Biedermeier vitrine circa 1820
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A Biedermeier vitrine circa 1820
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Biedermeier-Kaffeemühle.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier-Kaffeemühle.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Kunstvoll intarsierter Beistelltisch im Biedermeier-Stil.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Kunstvoll intarsierter Beistelltisch im Biedermeier-Stil.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Biedermeier-Eckvitrine.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier-Eckvitrine.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€5500 Bids
Biedermeier-Paravent.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Biedermeier-Paravent.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Dose im Wiener Stil. Helena Wolfsohn.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Dose im Wiener Stil. Helena Wolfsohn.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
Schwerer Sektkühler.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Schwerer Sektkühler.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€7500 Bids
Stuhl, Biedermeier um 1830, Kirschbaum, Lehnsprosse mit floraler Einlage, Polster und Bezug erneuert, H 83.5 cm
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Stuhl, Biedermeier um 1830, Kirschbaum, Lehnsprosse mit floraler Einlage, Polster und Bezug erneuert, H 83.5 cm
by Auktionshaus Plückbaum
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Tisch/Schreibtisch, Biedermeier, um 1825, Kirschbaum, ebonisierte Leisten, 82 x 122 x 71 cm, restauriert
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Tisch/Schreibtisch, Biedermeier, um 1825, Kirschbaum, ebonisierte Leisten, 82 x 122 x 71 cm, restauriert
by Auktionshaus Plückbaum
Est: €0- €0
€3900 Bids
Biedermeier parasol, c. 1830, mah
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier parasol, c. 1830, mah
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Biedermeier chiffoniere/men's
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier chiffoniere/men's
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Biedermeier chiffoniere/men's
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier chiffoniere/men's
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
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A BIEDERMEIER WALNUT ARCHITECTURAL SECRETAIRE ABATTANT CIRCA 1820
Oct 18, 6:00 PM AEDT
A BIEDERMEIER WALNUT ARCHITECTURAL SECRETAIRE ABATTANT CIRCA 1820
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,500
AUD2,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Biedermeier Armoires


Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus

Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus