The Napoleon III Style

The Napoleon III-Second Empire style was built on the codes already set by the 1844 Exhibition under King Louis-Philippe. It is an era of rich decoration and ornamentation. Decorative artists, such as the ornamental sculptor Alfred Jacquemart, the metalworker Charles Christofle, and the cabinetmaker Alfred Beurdeley, gained a certain status during this period. Second Empire […]

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Louis XVI style

After the excesses of the Louis XV style decors, the Louis XVI style, which began around 1775 and ended with the French Revolution around 1790, returned to simplicity, straight lines, and a simple and refined elegance, by combining the antique register with pastoral representations. This enthusiasm for Antiquity and its aesthetic arouse with the discovery […]

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Japonism

Japanese art deeply influenced occidental art in the second half of the 19th century. Edmond de Goncourt wrote in his Journal in April 1884 that "Japonisme, was in the process of revolutionizing the vision of the European peoples, [it] brought to Europe a new sense of color, a new decorative system, and […] a poetic […]

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