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This revivalist style existed under the patronage of Napoleon III, who ruled France from 1852 to 1870. Heavily influenced by the aesthetic preferences of the Empress Eugenie, the Napoleon III style of decorative arts represents a fusion of preceding 18th Century styles. In particular, great importance was placed upon fine furniture craftsmanship and artistry, leading to the revival of highly complex artisanal techniques such as Boulle inlay and Vernis Martin. The Napoleon III style is notable for its decorative quality, with fine ormolu mounts and ornamental porcelain plaques enjoying huge popularity.
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