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A French 19th century Neo-Classical st. First Empire Period Baccarat crystal and ormolu chandelier

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A stunning French 19th century Neo-Classical st. First Empire Period Baccarat crystal and ormolu chandelier. At the base is a smaller ormolu tier with impressive crystal pendants. Above is the main ormolu tier with six ormolu S scrolled arms joined... — Read More

  • Item # 7182A
  • H: 36 in D: 27 in

    H: 91 cm D: 69 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Baccarat Crystal, Ormolu
  • 1st Empire Period Read More, Neo-Classical st. Read More
  • (1st Empire Period) - Made popular by Napoleon Bonaparte, French Empire is Neoclassical in style and inspired by the principal characteristics of Greco-Roman décor. This French-style was used as propaganda by Napoleon to idealize his leadership and the French state. Empire period furniture was crafted in and around Paris after the French Revolution was synonymous with the new Napoleonic regime. The French economy at the time was growing rapidly and this new Empire style was most popular among the bourgeois and members of the aristocracy. Furnishing a large residence in Empire style was a reminder to guests and family members of the owner’s wealth, power, and connections to the French empire. Empire-style furniture displayed symbols of opulence, love, sensuality, and seduction such as swans, lyres, bows, and arrows. Acanthus leaves, rosettes, and military symbols used throughout Louis XVI’s reign as emperor were also used. After Napoleon’s return from Egypt, the French began their obsession with all things Egyptian. Symbols or Sphinxes, winged lions, lotus blossoms, Caryatids and scarabs were common elements found throughout French décor. Traditional Napoleonic symbols like the crown, laurel wreaths, cornucopias, horns, and bees were still commonly used, with the woods of choice being Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony. Marble tops were gray or black in color with sharp corners.
    (Neo-Classical st.) - One of the top design styles in modern interiors is Neo-Classical. Developed in the 18th century, artists of this time sought to move away from the abundance of decoration saw in the Rococo style and shift towards a more restrained and moderate style. As a result of this, excessive ornamentation was left behind with the new focus being on symmetry and minimalism. Architectural elements like columns and cornices were now the star of the show and were paired with linear furniture to showcase the beauty of the architecture. The Neo-Classical decorating style is modest and chic, with decorative pieces being strategically placed with moldings and cornices being the finishing touch. Tall walls, large expansive windows, and columns are key features of any Neo-Classical design.
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