Second Empire Style

The great originality of the Napoleon III Style, also called Second Empire Style, is to have borrowed from all the styles that preceded it.

If you look at the furniture in its smallest details, the ornaments and decorations draw as well from the Gothic and Renaissance Style as from the Louis XV Style or the Louis XVI Style when they do not draw their inspiration from the culture of China or Japan whose motifs have become very fashionable and have influenced Paul Gauguin or Auguste Rodin.

In the era of great modernity, of the resounding triumph of Science and Knowledge, of the taste for Universal Exhibitions, it is also time for dark or black furniture and rich Boulle marquetry, although born in the 17th century.