French Empire Aesthetics - What are they?
In the early 1800's, under Napoleon's rule, they were the height of fashion.
Neoclassicism was taking Europe by storm; a movement that saw a resurgence of aesthetic style from antiquity.
Influencing architecture, decor and art French Empire style was a branch of Neoclassic style that drew on Ancient Roman and Greek inspiration.
Napoleon liked to draw parallels between his empire and the powerful ancient Roman empire, and this reflected strongly in the style of the time. Napoleon even mandated a set of guidelines to be used in design that reflected the 'French Empire' style.
Characteristics are strong symmetry and geometry, rich tones of gold and expensive materials such as marble and dark wood.
Naturalistic elements such as flowers and animals are common, as are swathes and garlands.
Pictured here are a of a few items we have is store with a Neoclassic style.
The beautiful vase dates to the early 1900's and is by French crystal manufacturer Baccarat. It exhibits many aspects of French Empire aesthetics, and even the name of the design is 'Empire'.