Empire style antique furniture arose in France in the early 19th century after Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, filling a vacuum that had been left when the monarchy was overthrown in the 1789 French Revolution. During this era, a sense of grandiosity influenced furniture design. This was due to several factors. Napoleon liked to identify with the splendor and power of imperial Rome, and his conquering of Egypt led to a fascination with all things Egyptian. The decorative themes also built on the Neoclassical designs that had previously been popular under the overthrown King Louis XVI, but they were subject to a more militaristic feel that reflected the politics of the time.

For more about those designs, and to see our collection of Louis XVI products, you can check out our blog post here!

The Empire Style

The result was a very powerful and stately look in furniture and decorative antiques. Empire furniture included elegant column and arch designs that were reminiscent of classical Rome, a perfect example of Neoclassicism. The famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris was built during this era and it is an excellent example of the imposing grandeur that typifies this Empire period.

Egyptian Influences

As part of the Egyptian influence we also see many symbols to represent the sphinx.

A sphinx is a mythical creature with has a human head but the body of a lion. Images of the sphinx and its claw feet appeared as a decorative detail on all kinds of furniture. Other animals on display included the mythical griffin, which is part lion and part eagle, and the more familiar serpents and swans.

Strong Design

The look was strong and masculine, and mahogany was often the wood of choice. Gold ormolu may frequently be seen adorning this style of furniture and home accessories, adding to the rich look of the pieces. Ormulu laurel wreaths were used as decorations on furniture, representing victory in battle.

Empire Style Furniture at EuroLuxHome.com

At EuroLuxHome.com, we've got a variety of pieces of furniture in this style. For your bedroom needs, we've got dressers, a chest of drawers, and sideboards. These pieces are all at the peak of decorative arts, crafted by excellent cabinetmakers. Maybe a bookcase is what you need. 

For your dining room, we've got dining chairs and dining tables available. Some of these feature a marble top or creative inlay to add to the luxury. 

Living room options include side tables, console tables, and side chairs. Some feature a mahogany veneer, and others have paw feet. For your lighting needs, there are some amazing chandeliers in this style. 

Just as Napoleon made his conquests in the Old World, Empire style antique furniture made a conquest that still captures the imagination and makes a powerful impression today. Browse a stunning collection of Empire furnishings below!

We have all sorts of styles available, including Neoclassical Style, French Empire, Biedermeier, and much more!

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