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Biedermeier Tables, Stands & Consoles

A product of the rising middle class in German-speaking Europe, Biedermeier furniture blended the elegance of 18th-century French Empire and the solidity of 19th-century German. The maker reigned supreme in Germany and Austria from about 1815 to roughly 1850. Made across central and northern Europe, Biedermeier uncharacteristically catered to the decorating tastes and needs of the middle classes instead of the whims of the aristocracy.

Tables were among the first Biedermeier pieces in cities like Vienna and Berlin. Although rectangular drop-leaf center tables, dining tables, flip-top game tables, and needlework tables would become popular options, it is the Biedermeier round pedestal table that became an icon. The pedestal was ideally suited to the upwardly mobile lifestyle. It could be easily moved about and was multifunctional, allowing homeowners a surface for serving coffee and cake, creative brainstorming, or quiet recreation.

Unlike their high-end counterparts, Biedermeier tables used little gilding, silver hardware, or ornate carving. Their table legs and bases were often shaped like simple Greek columns. Their strongest design element were their skillfully applied wood veneers.

Today's admirers of Biedermeier tables appreciate the same attributes that drew people to them in the period: beauty, practicality, and comfort.


Quick Facts

  • In an October 2013 Skinner auction, a mid-19th century Baltic Biedermeier walnut veneer center table sold for $3,321
  • In 2015, a circa 1820 Austrian Biedermeier birds-eye maple gaming table sold at Freeman's for $1,088
  • In 2011 at Bonhams, a German Biedermeier oval-shaped, tripod-leg walnut table sold for only £60

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Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier-Frisiertisch
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €2,200- €4,400
€2,2000 Bids
Kleiner Biedermeier-Sekretär
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
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by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €3,600- €7,200
€3,6000 Bids
Biedermeier-Sekretär.
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier-Sekretär.
by Dannenberg
Est: €200- €240
€2000 Bids
Kleiner Biedermeier-Sekretär.
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Kleiner Biedermeier-Sekretär.
by Dannenberg
Est: €200- €240
€2000 Bids
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NÄHTISCH
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
NÄHTISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
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GUERIDON
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
GUERIDON
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
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TISCH
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
TISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
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TISCH
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
TISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF400- CHF800
CHF4000 Bids
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LISEUSE
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
LISEUSE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
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ZYLINDERBUREAU
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
ZYLINDERBUREAU
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,000- CHF2,000
CHF1,0000 Bids
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SCHREIBTISCH MIT AUFSATZ
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
SCHREIBTISCH MIT AUFSATZ
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,300- CHF2,600
CHF1,3000 Bids
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GUERIDON
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
GUERIDON
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
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NÄHTISCH
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
NÄHTISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
Biedermeier-Konsoltisch
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier-Konsoltisch
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,800- €3,600
€1,8000 Bids
Biedermeier-Sekretär
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Biedermeier-Sekretär
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €550- €1,100
€5500 Bids
Biedermeier Walnut Veneer & Ebonized Pier Table
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Biedermeier Walnut Veneer & Ebonized Pier Table
by Alex Cooper
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
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NÄHTISCH
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
NÄHTISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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NÄHTISCH
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
NÄHTISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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TISCH
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
TISCH
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
Runder Biedermeiertisch Norddeutsch, um 1820
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Runder Biedermeiertisch Norddeutsch, um 1820
by Leo Spik
Est: €480- €576
€3500 Bids
Ovaler Ausziehtisch im Biedermeierstil
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Ovaler Ausziehtisch im Biedermeierstil
by Leo Spik
Est: €580- €696
€4500 Bids
meubels; mahonie kaptafeltje op gecontourneerde poten met lade en mahonie biedermeier klapspiegel
Dec 12, 7:00 PM CET
meubels; mahonie kaptafeltje op gecontourneerde poten met lade en mahonie biedermeier klapspiegel
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
meubels; mahonie biedermeier coulissentafel met rond blad rustend op kolompoot en 4 steunpoten, c
Dec 12, 7:00 PM CET
meubels; mahonie biedermeier coulissentafel met rond blad rustend op kolompoot en 4 steunpoten, c
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Biedermeier Tables, Stands & Consoles


Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Stair

Stair

Dannenberg

Dannenberg