Very fine pair of 19th Century later French Empire style patinated bronze photo/picture frames with Napoleonic gilt bronze mounts of eagles and victory laurels. The front with clear inset glass and the rears with strut supports.
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Height: 15 cm
Width: 12 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Patinated and Gilt Bronze
The Empire Style:
is an early-nineteenth-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts, representing the second phase of Neoclassicism. It flourished between 1800 and 1815 during the Consulate and the First French Empire periods, although its life span lasted until the late-1820s. From France it spread into much of Europe and the United States.
The Empire style originated in and takes its name from the rule of the Emperor Napoleon I in the First French Empire, when it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The previous fashionable style in France had been the Directoire style, a more austere and minimalist form of Neoclassicism that replaced the Louis XVI style, and the new Empire style brought a full return to ostentatious richness. The style corresponds somewhat to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States, and the Regency style in Britain.