The French neo-classical style of the Empire corresponded to the reign of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The Empire follows the Consulate It begins with the coronation of Napoleon in 1804 and ends in 1815 with the defeat of Waterloo. The Empire style then spread throughout Europe and was actually extended into the 1820s.
The directionalism of the Arts organized by the architects and ornemanists Percier and Fontaine gives a unified Empire style, relatively easy to identify. Decorative themes revolve around the themes of "return from Egypt". The massive, luxurious and ostentatious furniture of the Empire style is made mainly of mahogany wood. Beautiful golden bronzes contrast on the geometrical volumes of this furniture with the large smooth surfaces of veneer. The homogeneity of the decoration of interior with the pieces of furniture is made thanks to the use of beautiful colored fabrics.
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