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Empire Furniture .US specializes in the highest quality antique Empire furniture including antique French Empire furniture, antique Louis XV style furniture, French Empire clock sets, Empire Chandeliers, French Empire cabinets, French Empire bed sets, Empire style dining sets, Empire Urns, Empire desk sets, Empire Tables, Empire Vases, and more.

Our genuine antique Empire furniture is sold "as is" or in perfectly restored "Mint" condition.

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The French are known for their artistic flair and style. French empire furniture styles represent a classic example of both their look and creative tendencies.

French Empire Furniture Styles

French empire furniture styles followed the first stage of Neoclassicism or the style known as “Louis XVI” in France. It began in the early 19th century and was named after Napoleon’s rule of France, which was called the First French Empire. Empire furniture styles were found in other countries as well, and they all derived their name from this same reference. However, it was in France that the Empire furniture style really gained prominence.

The style was created to showcase both Napoleon and the growing influence of France throughout the world. This style was not only aesthetically pleasing, but actually became a state-sponsored design that not only influenced furniture designers, but architects and artists as well.

French empire furniture styles rely heavily on symbols and ornamental design. It uses many of the same designs that were used in ancient Greece and Rome. One of its most famous uses is in the Blue Room of the White House. This room was done in French Empire style, and looks similar to how it did prior to the burning of the White House by the British in 1814. When President Monroe ordered the French empire style furniture, he ordered mahogany pieces. However, the company sent gilded pieces, which they believed were more appropriate. Some of these original pieces remain in the room today.

One interesting thing to note about French Empire furniture styles is the use of the letter “N” throughout the design. This, of course, is in tribute to Napoleon. The style is very classical. Supports are often done in a scroll or column design. Some of the symbols found in this design are wreaths, eagles, torches, the Sphinx, and honeysuckle. There is a distinct Egyptian influence to these pieces as well. Mahogany was the wood of choice in this design, and it often was embellished with brass inlays. Wood was usually covered with veneer.

French empire furniture styles look best in more formal settings due to their ornate nature. Colors are typically bold, with use of reds, blacks, and golds throughout. These pieces can make an attractive addition to a library or study. They go well in formal living rooms and dining rooms. Those who prefer a more casual environment will usually find this style to be too fussy.  One possible solution is to consider an American Empire piece, which combines many of the features which make French Empire furniture attractive, but in a way that is more functional and durable.

Empire Furniture .US is proud to be associated with one of the finest antique furniture companies in the world, Antiquarian Traders, who have been an established dealer in rare and unusual antiques for over 35 years.

All antique Empire furniture transactions are subject to Antiquarian Traders sales policies.

LAST UPDATED: 20th OCT 2009

 

Antiquarian Traders has a huge selection of antique Empire furniture including Antique Empire Clocks, Antique Empire Cabinets, Empire Tables, Antique Empire Bronze, Antique Empire Executive Desk, Louis XVI Furniture, 19th C. American Empire Furniture, Empire Lighting, Sconces, Chandeliers, and more.

 

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