Empire style

In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor and therefor french art was experiencing a renewal. In order to legitimize his new status, Napoleon needed to reconnect with Monarchy’s splendor. His new model was inspired from the Antique Rome and Egyptomania. Iconography attached to this style were : Sphinx and sphinxes, lions, eagles, swans, bees, stars, palms, […]

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The Gréber family

Since 1846 the Greber family was established in Beauvais, renowned for its pottery production.The first to settle there was Johann Peter Greber (1820-1898), a sculptor who participated actively in this region’s projects. In 1868, he was given permission to establish an oven to “bake art carved into clay” thus founding the “Beauvais sandstone Manufacture” in […]

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Coromandel lacquer

Coromandel lacquer is a chinese technic, painted and carved on a surface made of several layers lacquer of different colors.This art had an apogee during the late 17th century. Chinese junks loaded with paravent and cabinets were delivered in Coromandel harbor, and then to Europe. Rich buyers were interested in those items only for the […]

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