Empire

The Empire style originated in France, where it flourished in the early 19th Century under the rule of Emperor Napoleon I – after whom the stylistic movement is named. Indeed, the style was intended to be a visual glorification of Napoleon’s rule and the French state. Preceding the Empire style, there came the Directoire style, a more minimalist and serious form of Neoclassicism. The Empire style introduced a richness to art and culture, however, which found popularity across the globe.

The Empire style drew upon the opulence of Imperial Rome and is characterised by its florid motifs and decorative detailing. The Empire style influenced all aspects of French decorative and visual arts – particularly the design of furniture and architecture – and soon became popular across Europe and in the United States.

On studying this style, one notices a commitment to symmetry and precise composition. Other motifs connote references to Napoleon III’s power, emblems including the eagle, bee, stars, and the initials I and N are commonly found upon antiques in this style.

Enjoy our specially curated collection of Empire style antiques, a new form of Neoclassicism which heralds power, opulence, and tradition.

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  1. Empire 104
  2. Neoclassical 57
  3. Figurative Art 12
  4. Egyptian Revival 10
  5. Napoleonic 7
  6. Classical 7
  7. Napoleon III 3
  8. Militaria / Military 2
  9. Animal / Animalier 2
  10. Mythological 2
  11. Music / Musical 2
  12. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  13. Orientalist 1
  14. Restauration 1
  15. Russian Interest 1
  16. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  17. Sèvres 1
  18. Modern 1
  19. American Interest 1
  20. Marine / Seascape 1
  21. Louis XVI 1
  22. Floral 1
  23. Birds / Ornithology 1
  24. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 90
  2. Patinated Bronze 23
  3. Marble 18
  4. Bronze 13
  5. Porcelain 12
  6. Malachite 12
  7. Gilt 10
  8. Mahogany 9
  9. Wood 8
  10. Enamel 7
  11. Glass 6
  12. Lapis Lazuli 4
  13. Upholstery 3
  14. Metal 3
  15. Mirror 3
  16. Tole 2
  17. Amboyna 2
  18. Leather 1
  19. Paper 1
  20. Gilt Metal 1
  21. Ebonised Wood 1
  22. Porphyry 1
  23. Sienna Marble 1
  24. Silver 1
  25. Silvered bronze 1
  26. Cut Glass 1
  27. Watercolour 1
Colour
  1. Gold 98
  2. Brown 32
  3. Black 21
  4. Green 19
  5. White 17
  6. Multi-coloured 10
  7. Blue 9
  8. Cream 7
  9. Red 6
  10. Clear 4
  11. Grey 4
  12. Silver 3
  13. Metallic 2
  14. Pink 2
  15. Purple 1
  16. Orange 1
  17. Yellow 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 98
  2. American 1
  3. Czech 1
  4. English 1
  5. German 1
  6. Italian 1
  7. Russian 1
Period
  1. Early 19th Century 37
  2. 19th Century 21
  3. 20th Century 19
  4. Late 19th Century 14
  5. Early 20th Century 13
Artist / Maker
  1. Le Roy et fils 3
  2. Maison Krieger, 2
  3. Denière et Fils 2
  4. Sèvres 2
  5. Piolaine, Michel-François 2
  6. Thomire, Pierre-Philippe 1
  7. P.A.L.T, Porzellanfabrik Adolf Laufer 1
  8. Nast Porcelain Manufactory 1
  9. Michelez 1
  10. Delafontaine 1
  11. Dellevie, Hans G. 1
  12. Jolly, Gaston 1
  13. Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges 1
  14. Hessenberg, Wilhelm C. 1
  15. Galle, Claude 1
  16. Dihl et Guérhard 1
  17. Deverberie, Jean-Simon 1
  18. Vivant, Dominique, Baron Denon 1

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