The Neoclassical style originated in mid-18th Century France and Britain, where it dominated the decorative arts until the influential Empire style of the early 19th Century. Neoclassical forms were inspired by the Classical art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, which was considered to embody the perfection of harmonious forms. In particular, vases became immensely popular in the late 18th Century, as they represented the ultimate symbol of the ancient world.