- Empire style
Style of furniture and interior decoration that flourished in France during the First Empire (1804–14).It corresponds to the Regency style in England. Responding to the desire of Napoleon for a style inspired by imperial Rome, the architects Charles Percier (1764–1838) and Pierre Fontaine (1762–1853) decorated his state rooms with Classical styles of furniture and ornamental motifs, supplemented by sphinxes and palm leaves to commemorate his Egyptian campaigns. The style influenced the arts (Jacques-Louis David in painting, Antonio Canova in sculpture, the Arc de Triomphe in architecture) and fashion and spread quickly throughout Europe.
* * *▪ artmajor phase of Neoclassical art that flourished in France during the time of the First Empire (1804–14).The Empire style was encouraged by Napoleon's (Napoleon I) desire for a style inspired by the grandeur of ancient Egypt and imperial Rome. In architecture (Western architecture) it was exemplified by such Parisian buildings and monuments as the Church of the Madeleine (originally the Temple of Glory) by Pierre-Alexandre Vignon, Jean Chalgrin's Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, and Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine's Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Vendôme Column; in painting, by Jacques-Louis David's Sacre de l'empereur Napoléon Ier et couronnement de l'impératrice Joséphine dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 2 décembre 1804 and Baron Antoine Gros's battle scenes; and in sculpture (Western sculpture), by Antonio Canova's heroic statues of Napoleon and his family.The Empire style in dress also found its inspiration in classical times, at once consciously emulating the rich elegance of pre-Revolutionary France, gowning women to emphasize femininity and grace, in flowing floor-length creations of light fabrics, frequently having trains, that were universally quite décolletté and girdled immediately beneath the breasts. Paris winters demanded warm outer garments, which were numerous and various, among them scarves, stoles, capes, jackets, and overdresses. Men's fashions of the Empire period featured a cutaway tailcoat revealing a waistcoat and high-collared shirt with cravat, much resembling the tailoring of London.The French architects Charles Percier (Percier, Charles; and Fontaine, Pierre (-François-Léonard)) and Pierre Fontaine (Percier, Charles; and Fontaine, Pierre (-François-Léonard)), who designed furnishings for the state rooms of Napoleon, contributed in great measure to the creation of the Empire style of interior decoration (interior design) and furniture design. Their ideas were incorporated and propagated in their Recueil de décorations intérieures (1801 and 1812; “Collection of Interior Decoration”). The strong archaeological bias of the Empire style led to direct copying of classical types of furniture and accessories; to this was added a new repertory of Egyptian ornament, stimulated by Napoleon's campaigns in Egypt. Mahogany-veneered furniture with ormolu mounts assumed the shapes of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian chairs and tables with winged-lion supports and pilasters headed with sphinxes, busts, or palm leaves. Where no classical prototypes existed, contemporary designs were enlivened with ancient ornamental motifs, often with symbolic implications in reference to Napoleon's reign—e.g., winged victory and the laurel wreath used as decorative symbols of triumph; bees, sheaves of grain, and cornucopias for prosperity; and fasces and sphinxes for conquest.Although the Empire style began in France (specifically Paris), it quickly spread throughout Europe, with each country adapting it to its own national taste. See also Biedermeier style; Greek Revival; and Regency style.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Empire style — The Empire Style, sometimes considered the second phase of Neoclassicism, is an early 19th century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts. The style originated in and takes its name from the period… … Wikipedia
American Empire (style) — American Empire is a French inspired Neoclassical style of American furniture and decoration that takes its name and originates from the Empire style introduced the First French Empire period under Napoleon s rule. It gained its greatest… … Wikipedia
Second Empire style — ▪ architecture also called Napoleon III, Second Empire Baroque , or Beaux Arts Style architectural style that was dominant internationally during the second half of the 19th century. Developing from a tendency of architects of the… … Universalium
SECOND EMPIRE STYLE — See VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE … Historical Dictionary of Architecture
empire — (n.) early 14c., from O.Fr. empire rule, authority, kingdom, imperial rule, from L. imperium rule, command, from imperare to command, from im in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + parare to order, prepare (see PARE (Cf. pare)). Not etymologi … Etymology dictionary
Style Second Empire — L’Opéra Garnier est l’exemple type du style Second Empire en architecture. Le style Second Empire dit aussi style Napoléon III est né en France sous le Second Empire, le règne de Napoléon III. Il connaît un grand succès auprès de la bourgeoisie… … Wikipédia en Français
empire — /em puyeur/; for 8 10 also /om pear /, n. 1. a group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress, or other powerful sovereign or government: usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom, as the former British Empire, French… … Universalium
Style Restauration — Le style Restauration, contemporain du Biedermeier qui fleurit ailleurs en Europe continentale, caractérise l’art sous les règnes de Louis XVIII et de son frère Charles X. L’état des finances ne permet pas de grandes dépenses. Louis XVIII et… … Wikipédia en Français
Empire (disambiguation) — Politically, an empire consists of a large, usually multi ethnic state.Empire may also mean:*Empire (biology), or domain, a taxon above the level of kingdom *Empire style, an early 19th century design movement in architecture, furniture, and… … Wikipedia
style — styleless, adj. stylelessness, n. stylelike, adj. /stuyl/, n., v. styled, styling. n. 1. a particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character: the baroque style; The style of the house was too austere for their… … Universalium