Biedermeier Dining Tables
Biedermeier dining tables are tables that were designed in the Biedermeier style.
History & Description
Biedermeier was a style of furniture design that originated from Germany but would cross over into Austria, France and Scandinavia. The Biedermeier style was based on utilitarian principles and was a simplified version of the French Empire Style of Napoleon I. Biedermeier furniture was stylistically simple and elegant yet managed to retain the romance and splendour of ancient Roman Empire styles.
Unlike the preceding French Empire Style, Biedermeier furniture used locally available materials such as oak, ash and cherry woods in lieu of more expensive and imported woods like mahogany.
The practical and utilitarian approach which characterised Biedermeier furniture deeply influenced the subsequent Bauhaus and Art Deco movements.
Guide for collectors
Instances of Biedermeier dining tables sold at both national and international auction houses are quite rare as the majority of Biedermeier tables sold through these establishments are typically console, centre or pedestal tables.
Nonetheless, collectors should look out for Biedermeier dining tables that were produced in the first-half of the nineteenth century in southern Germany or Austria as these represent the most valuable and sought after examples.
Notable auction sales
On December 12th 2001 at Sotheby’s in London, a Biedermeier cherry wood and ebonised table, circa first-quarter of the nineteenth century, realised a price of £9,000.
On September 30th 2003 at Sotheby’s in London, a modern satin birch wood and ebonised table in the Biedermeier style realised a price of £7,200.
On December 5th 2006 at Sotheby’s in New York, a pair of Biedermeier walnut and ebonised tables, circa 1820s, realised a price of $8,400.
On May 19th 2006 at Sotheby’s in New York, a Biedermeier part-ebonised burr wood table, circa second-quarter of the nineteenth century, realised a price of $7,200.
On May 27th 2008 at Sotheby’s in Melbourne, a Biedermeier birch wood table, circa nineteenth century, realised a price of AU$5,280.