The history of Biedermeier furniture is as rich as the glossy veneers now tantamount with the style itself. Once commonplace, authentic Biedermeier pieces are now rare antique treasures.
Symbolic of the 1815 to 1848 middle class uprising in Central Europe, Biedermeier style reflects the eclectic tastes of the nouveau riche and the character of everyday life. Biedermeier decor, Influenced by French and Roman Empire styles, often features exotic motifs such as dolphins and lion paws. Classic antique pieces include Biedermeier writing desks, chests, and bookcases.