A mahogany centre table in the Swedish Empire style with gilt bronze mounts, circa 1900.
Diameter: 84 cm.
Height: 76 cm.
The Empire style, style Empire, is an early 19th century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative 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 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.
General Bernadotte, Marshal of the French Empire, Maréchal d'Empire, who later become King Karl Johan of Sweden and Norway, introduced the Napoleonic style to Sweden, where it became known under his own name. The Karl Johan style remained popular in Scandinavia even as the Empire style disappeared from other parts of Europe. France paid some of its debts to Sweden in ormolu bronzes instead of money, leading to a vogue for crystal chandeliers with bronze from France and crystal from Sweden.