Established 1964

Empire Style - Splendor Symbolism and Power


Conceptual and all embracing, the Empire Style combined a passion for antiquity with the grandeur and elegance of pre-revolutionary neo- classicism. n 1804 Napoléon I, crowned himself Emperor of France, ending years of political instability and signalling the dawning of the Empire period. During this time, the economy was booming and a new aristocracy was forming, with Napoléon's court as its cornerstone. The period was to see the revival of classical ideas and influences, primarily in the decorative arts. Napoléon's court was quick to adopt the classical designs discovered in the archaeological excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, together with exotic hieroglyphic motifs from the Egyptian campaigns. Click here to read more.