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Empire and Neo-Louis Style
Important Styles beside the Empire and Neo-Louis Style.
The Empire Style
The Furniture of the Napoleonic Era.
Furniture which Revived the Louis Syles.
Furniture at the End of the 19th Century.
Furniture Styles Influenced by other Cultures.
Furniture in Gothic Style
Furniture of the Lower and Middle Class.
|::| The Empire Style
From 1804 to 1815 the Napoleonic era's furniture reflected the supremacy and
majesty of that time. French cabinet-makers were committed to the splendour
of ancient Rome, which led to furniture that was heavier in its forms and
literally as well. The style was generally more simplified and used clear
rectangular forms. Beside that, there was an emphasis on little figures which
were often used instead of supporting structures and on ornamental decorations.
With "Voyage dans la Basse et Haute-Egypte," Vivant Denon was a major supporter
for the use of Egyptian ornaments in furniture design of the First Empire.
Although cabinet-makers reacted to many of the new influences that were caused
by Napoleon's military conquests there is sufficient proof that the Classical
style of ancient Rome and also the splendour of ancient Egypt were thought
to best meet the character of the aspiring new empire. Worth mentioning is
that Paris was definitely the most important and booming center for fine furniture,
with over ten thousand workmen employed in the furniture industry