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A pair of French 19th century Neo-Classical st. Belle Époque period Onyx and ormolu pedestal columns

List: $29,800.00

A pair of French 19th century Neo-Classical st. Belle Époque period Onyx and ormolu pedestal columns

List: $29,800.00

An exceptional pair of French 19th century Neo-Classical st. Belle Époque period Onyx and ormolu pedestal columns. Each pedestal is raised by an impressive square base with a fine mottled border. The circular central supports display four large stunning acanthus... — Read More

  • Item # 6127
  • H: 39 in L: 12 in D: 12 in

    H: 99 cm L: 30 cm D: 30 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Onyx, Ormolu
  • Belle Époque Read More, Neo-Classical st. Read More
  • (Belle Époque) - Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created. The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec. Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
    (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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