Vintage Pair Birdseye Maple Art Deco Biedermeier Armchairs


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We are very happy to be able to provide this pair of beautiful vintage Art Deco style armchairs featuring  just a hint of the Biedermeier style, made in the late 20th Century.

These art deco chairs are veneered in the most amazing birdseye maple and have been reupholstered in a luxurious burgundy damask fabric.

You cannot mistake their unique quality and design, which is guaranteed to make them a talking point in your home. It is really unusual to come across such a stylish blendof Art Deco style luxury and Biedermeier style minimalism all rolled-up into one.


These art deco armchairs are In excellent condition having been wonderfully restored and reupholstered in our workshops, please see pictures for confirmation.

What size are they?

Kindly ensure these beautiful art deco armchairs will fit in the room you are considering for them. In centimeters they have a height of 83 cm, a width of 68 cm and a depth of 66 cm. In feet and inches this corresponds to a height of 2 feet, 9 inches, a width of 2 feet, 3 inches and depth of 2 feet, 2 inches.

More about Beidermeier

Beidermeier is an creative style that was fashionable in Central Europe from 1815 (the year of the Congress of Vienna which took place at the end of the Napoleonic Wars) to 1848 when Europe was swept by a number of popular revolutions that in turn changed the aesthetic of the time.The term is chiefly used to signify styles that blossomed in literature an music, interior design and the visual arts. Based on utilitarian principles, it was a especially popular type of furniture design in Germany between 1815 and 1848, but it then spread into Austria and Scandinavia.

The Beidermeier style was a simplification of the important French Empire style of Napoleon I and the original design ethic was one of clean lines and minimal ornamentation. This was a reaction against what was considered to be over decorative ‘Romaticism’ and the heavy dependence on ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman designs. However, as the period advanced, the style modified to include ornamentation, as the rising middle classes in Europe desired to show off their developing success and status. In keeping with its focus on utilitarian simplicity, the furniture was made from locally grown woods such as cherry, ash and oak steering clear of the extravagant timbers such as imported mahogany.

The Vienna Applied Arts Museum presented an exhibition on the style in 1896 which led to a resurgence of Beidermeier amongst European cabinetmakers. The style remained prominent until Art Deco grabbed the scene. Beidermeier also influenced the Bauhaus movement as they both subscribed to the concept of ‘being true to the material’.

Birdseye Maple
This occurs chiefly in Sugar Maple and is a very hard wood with a divergent grain structure caused by the existence of the Birdseyes. The divergent grain that makes Birdseye Maple beautiful also makes it challenging to work. Early carpentry machines ran at low revs per minute and had only two knives per cutting head. This often resulted in Birdseye surfaces that were cracked and ripped. It tookseveral hours of hand planing and scraping to get these surfaces to a high gloss.

Because of this Birdseye maple was only be used by the most competent and able cabinetmakers. These craftsmen created the tools and expertise to work and polish the Birdseye maple effectively, which as explained above was no mean accomplishment. As a consequence antique furniture made from Birdseye Maple is both rare and beautiful.

Further Information and Viewing

We are always pleased to show off our wonderful art deco pieces, in our North London warehouse. Simply call or email to make an visit quoting reference 07909, and one of our experts will be at your disposal to show you around and discuss these and any other items that you may like. Alternatively kindly feel free to talk about these art deco armchairs with us on the phone or by email.

We are delighted to be able to ship these art deco armchairs to any destination worldwide, please call for a quote before purchasing the product to make sure we can fully meet your specifications. We are glad to ship free of charge to any mainland UK place.