Belle Époque

More of a period than a specific style of design, the European Belle Époque began in the late 19th Century and continued until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The period was, in fact, given its name after World War One, as it was felt to be a Golden Age in contrast to the horror of the war. The Belle Époque was emblematic of an optimistic time, when arts, technology, science and cultural innovations were encouraged and flourished. The art and design that emerged from the period is typified by the sense of freedom and pleasure that it evokes. Famous designers working in this style include master cabinetmaker Francois Linke and celebrated metalworker Ferdinand Barbedienne.  

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Style
  1. Belle Époque 124
  2. Figurative Art 18
  3. Floral 16
  4. Neoclassical 14
  5. Rococo 10
  6. Louis XVI 10
  7. Louis XV 7
  8. Animal / Animalier 6
  9. Napoleon III 5
  10. Orientalist 4
  11. Victorian 3
  12. Renaissance 3
  13. Classical 3
  14. Sèvres 2
  15. Louis XIV 2
  16. Equestrian / Horses 2
  17. Chinoiserie 2
  18. Birds / Ornithology 2
  19. Baroque 2
  20. Genre 1
  21. Erotic 1
  22. Moorish 1
  23. Mythological 1
  24. Boulle 1
  25. Bizarre 1
  26. Romantic 1
  27. Royal / Monarchy 1
  28. Russian Interest 1
  29. Arabesque 1
  30. Sporting 1
  31. Academic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 66
  2. Marble 26
  3. Glass 21
  4. Patinated Bronze 19
  5. Bronze 13
  6. Porcelain 12
  7. Enamel 11
  8. Gilt 10
  9. Silver 9
  10. Mirror 9
  11. Wood 7
  12. Mahogany 7
  13. Marquetry 7
  14. Ivory 6
  15. Silver-gilt 6
  16. Cut Glass 6
  17. Opaline Glass 5
  18. Brass 4
  19. Crystal 4
  20. Precious Stones 4
  21. Satinwood 3
  22. Tulipwood 3
  23. Kingwood 3
  24. Parquetry 3
  25. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  26. Malachite 3
  27. Onyx 3
  28. Giltwood 2
  29. Bloodstone 2
  30. Enamel - Cloisonné 2
  31. Nephrite 2
  32. Enamel - Guilloché 2
  33. Metal 2
  34. Lapis Lazuli 2
  35. Spelter 2
  36. Stained Glass 2
  37. Ebonised Wood 2
  38. Birch 1
  39. Silvered bronze 1
  40. Semi-precious stones 1
  41. Ruby 1
  42. Vernis Martin 1
  43. Scagliola 1
  44. Sapphire 1
  45. Sycamore 1
  46. Emerald 1
  47. Rosewood 1
  48. Quartz 1
  49. Porphyry 1
  50. Pearl 1
  51. Carrara Marble 1
  52. Oil on Canvas 1
  53. Moulded Glass 1
  54. Ceramic 1
  55. Amethyst 1
  56. Griotte Marble 1
  57. Gold 1
  58. Gilt Metal 1
  59. Ebony 1
  60. Fruitwood 1
  61. Agate 1
Colour
  1. Gold 83
  2. Brown 40
  3. White 27
  4. Multi-coloured 19
  5. Blue 18
  6. Clear 18
  7. Green 17
  8. Red 16
  9. Silver 11
  10. Black 11
  11. Cream 8
  12. Metallic 8
  13. Turquoise 5
  14. Pink 4
  15. Orange 2
  16. Purple 2
  17. Grey 2
  18. Yellow 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 94
  2. Bohemian 9
  3. Italian 7
  4. Austrian 5
  5. Continental 4
  6. English 2
  7. Russian 2
  8. German 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 67
  2. 19th Century 39
  3. Early 20th Century 13
  4. 20th Century 4
  5. Early 19th Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 5
  2. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 4
  3. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 3
  4. Baccarat (French, founded 1764) 2
  5. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 2
  6. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 2
  7. Petit, Jacob (French, 1797-1868) 2
  8. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 2
  9. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 2
  10. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 2
  11. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry (French, active from c. 1880) 2
  12. St. Louis Glassworks (French, f. 1767) 1
  13. Tétard Frères (French, founded 1880) 1
  14. Natali, Antonio (Italian, 1850-1918) 1
  15. Robert, Jean-François (French, active 1843-1855) 1
  16. Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823) 1
  17. Politzer, Ludwig (Austrian, 1841-1907) 1
  18. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 1
  19. Peyre, Charles Raphaël (French, 1872-1949) 1
  20. Vichi, Ferdinando (Italian, 1875-1945) 1
  21. Wedgwood (British, founded 1759) 1
  22. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 1
  23. Perrey, Louis Justin Maurice (French, b. 1856) 1
  24. Roccheggiani, Cesare (Italian, active second half 19th Century) 1
  25. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 1
  26. Moreau, Hippolyte François (French, 1832-1927) 1
  27. Evrot, Ernest (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  28. Beurdeley (French, founded 1818) 1
  29. Boivin, Victor (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  30. Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1860s) 1
  31. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 1
  32. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 1
  33. Elkington & Co. (British, founded 1830s) 1
  34. F & C Osler (British, founded 1807) 1
  35. Moreau, Auguste (French, 1834-1917) 1
  36. Ferrand, Ernest Justin (French, 1846-1932) 1
  37. Gross, Armand (French, fl. late 19th-early 20th Century) 1
  38. Harrachov Glassworks (Bohemian, c. 1712-present) 1
  39. Klinkosch, Josef Carl (Austrian, 1822-1888) 1
  40. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  41. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 1
  42. Bertin, Jules (French, 1826-1892) 1

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