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Napoleon III Decorative Objects

NAPOLEON III STYLE

Under Napoleon III’s rule, Paris underwent a great rebuilding overseen by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, which created grand avenues and lavish landmarks like the Paris Opera. Antique Napoleon III–style furniture was flamboyant and eclectic. It was also known as Second Empire style since it followed and referenced the Empire style of his uncle Napoleon I.

Developing from 1852–70, Napoleon III furniture was plush and ornate, matching the fashion for masked balls and socializing in salons. It borrowed freely from earlier French styles including Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI as well as aesthetics from around the world, from antiquity to Asian art. As writer Gustave Claudin remarked in 1867, the country’s architects worked in “a style which one would be tempted to call neo-Greco-Gothico-Pompadour-Pompeian.”

Napoleon III chairs were completely covered with velvet and lined with tassels; pouf footstools invited people to put up their feet. Sofas were upholstered with tapestries, and beds were adorned with gilt bronze and theatrical canopies. The addition of conservatories to homes led to new indoor-outdoor furniture, while the spirit of hygiene promoted by Baron Haussmann inspired bright, floral motifs.

Although the most ostentatious designs were for the elite, as seen in the Napoleon III apartments preserved in the Louvre, where red velvet, gilding and chandeliers create a cacophony of luxury, these trends influenced homes across classes as manufacturing made design increasingly accessible. Papier-mâché furniture allowed for elaborate shapes that would have been difficult to carve in wood. The malleable material was painted with chinoiserie patterns and decorative designs. It was mass-produced by factories such as Jennens and Bettridge with varnishing and mother-of-pearl inlays creating an effect reminiscent of Asian lacquer. (Surfaces that had been “japanned” — a specialty of Jennens and Bettridge — were intended to resemble lacquer work that was created in East Asia.)

Find a collection of antique Napoleon III decorative objects, tables, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Napoleon III
Pair of porcelain vases mounted in gilt bronze, circa 1890
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This very beautiful pair of ovoid and covered vases was made of Sèvres porcelaine and mounted in gilt bronze. The two vases depicts a painted decor by Charles Labarre ( ?-1906) in th...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

1980s Italian Tole Candle Sconces, a Pair
Located in Marietta, GA
Wonderful pair of tole candle lanterns , with curved seeded glass. The lanterns are Napoleonic in style, with hand painted gold embellishments. In very good estate condition.
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Late 20th Century Italian Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Tin

Gilt bronze clock, 19th century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Gilt bronze clock, 19th century Large original gilt bronze clock, decorated with garlands of flowers and two hull heads to the right and left of the clock, as well as two small vase...
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1860s European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Bohemian crystal bowl, 19th century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bohemian crystal bowl, 19th century An important Bohemian crystal cup decorated with pink flowers and a red line, gilt bronze frame representing a person holding the cup, Napoleon I...
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1860s European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Bronze

19th Century French Napoleon III Hand Painted Landscape Scene Oval Tole Tray
Located in Dallas, TX
Place this elegant antique tole tray on a coffee table or hang it on a wall. Crafted in France, circa 1870, and oval in shape, the colorful platter is decorated with a hand painted c...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Metal, Tôle

Napoleon III centerpiece bowl
Located in Tacoma, WA
Napoleon III gilt bronze and crystal rectangular center piece bowl with canted corners circa 1870
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Bronze

Pair of Enamelled Bronze Decorative Objects, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of enamelled bronze decorative objects, 19th century Pair of enamelled bronze decorative objects, marble centre, very fine quality, 19th century, Barbedienne style, Napoleon II...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Porcelain and gilt bronze vase, 19th century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Porcelain and gilt bronze vase, 19th century Important gilt bronze and Sèvres porcelain vase, signed by the artist, late 19th century, Napoleon III style, very beautiful painted scen...
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19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

A striking pair of green porcelain 'Flacons', or stoppered bottles
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A striking pair of green porcelain 'Flacons', or stoppered bottles, delightfully hand-painted in green with gold detailing. The front faces feature medallions enclosing a polychrome ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

19th Century French Napoleon III Burl Walnut and Bronze Bombe Jardinière
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant, antique burl walnut planter was crafted in France, circa 1880. Oval in shape with bowed and serpentine sides, the jardinière sits on small bun feet. With intricate side...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

A pair of exquisite antique pink opaline vases
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
A pair of exquisite antique pink opaline vases, hand enamelled by an accomplished artist with a gloriously vivid and colourful design of garden birds and entwining leaves on a backgr...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Opaline Glass

Pair of Sèvres porcelain vases mounted in gilt bronze painted by J. Machereau
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This beautiful pair of covered vases made of porcelain originally comes from the Manufacture of Sèvres where the white pieces were bought in 1869, decorated then mounted in gilt bron...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Marble and gilt bronze clock surmounted by a statuary white marble sculpture
By Pierre Campagne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
This clock presents a reduced reproduction in statuary white marble of "Phryne before its judges" of Pierre Campagne placed on a base in peach flower marble and gilded bronze. The pa...
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Gilt Bronze Box, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Gilt bronze box, 19th century. Original gilt bronze box with enamel plate signed "Gamet", 19th century, Napoleon III period. Measurs: H: 8 cm, W: 19.5 cm, D: 14 cm ref 3269
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large Frame In Wood And Golden Stucco From The Napoleon III Period
Located in BARSAC, FR
Superb frame in wood and gilded stucco with very generous friezes of pearls, stripes of heart, acanthus leaves and laurels. Work from the 19th century, Napoleon III period Dimensio...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Inkwell in red marble with "Allegory of writing" in gilt bronze, signed H.CHAPU
Located in Paris, FR
Inkwell in red Griotte marble and gilt bronze representing an allegory of writing by Henri Chapu (1833-1891). This old 19th century inkstand is composed of a penholder hollowed out o...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Griotte Marble, Bronze

Horse head in cast iron, France middle of the XIXth century
Located in Paris, FR
Very beautiful subject in cast iron representing a horse's head neighing, with the ears straightened, the mane provided and the dilated nostrils. He wears around his neck a ribbon kn...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Iron

Cloisonné Bronze Box, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Cloisonné bronze box, 19th century A cloisonné bronze box, decorated on all sides, red velvet interior, signed "Mon Alph Giroux Paris", 19th century, Napoleon III period. Measures:...
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1860s European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Porcelain Box with Elegant Scene, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Porcelain box with elegant scene, 19th century. Porcelain box with elegant scene, decorated on all sides with gold and pretty colours, Napoleon III period. Measures: H: 7 cm, W: 20...
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19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Group in Sèvres Biscuit, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Group in Sèvres biscuit, 19th century A Sèvres biscuit and gilt bronze group representing an interior scene, 19th century, Napoleon III. Measures: H: 23 cm, W: 31 cm, D: 17 cm.     
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair of Baccarat Opaline Vases, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of Baccarat opaline vases, 19th century A pair of Baccarat opaline vases with flowers decorations, 19th century, Napoleon III period. Maesures: H: 35 cm, d: 19 cm.  
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Opaline Glass

A pair of gilt bronze picture frames, 19th century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A pair of gilt bronze picture frames, 19th century Pair of 19th century gilt bronze photo frames, Napoleon III period. H: 28 cm, W: 19 cm, D: 3 cm.  
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Late 19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Sèvres Ceramic Vases with Blue Monochrome Decoration Attributed to Paul Milet
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of Sèvres ceramic amphora vases, with marbled decoration in blue monochrome. Each vase has an ormolu mount with pearl friezes and two small garlanded handles. These two vases ar...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Pair of Patinated Bronze Vases, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of patinated bronze vases, 19th century Pair of patinated bronze vases with a cut crystal interior to hold a bouquet of flowers, 19th century, Napoleon III period. Measures: H...
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19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Frame In Chased And Gilded Bronze And Small Medallion In Enamel 19th century
Located in NONANCOURT, FR
Small chiseled and gilded bronze frame and its painted enamel subject representing a cherub. Work monogrammed AH and dated 1890, work probably from Limoges, late 19th century. Very g...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel

Game Box, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Game box, 19th century. Napoleon III period game box, 19th century in precious wood marquetry. Measures: H: 5 cm, W: 22 cm, D: 13 cm.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Wood

French, Marble Monkey Sculpture, End 19th C
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French marble sculpture, France, end 19th C. Monkey smoking a pipe. Marble and glass. Glass eyes. Measures: height : 9.8"(25cm), width : 6.7"(17cm), depth : 4.4"(11.2cm). Some slight...
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1890s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Marble

Very Beautiful Sèvres Porcelain Jardinière, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A very beautiful Sèvres porcelain jardinière, 19th century Very nice Jardinière in Sèvres porcelain in a very rare violet colour, signed, decorated with flowers all around the piece...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Magnificent and Large Pair of Baccarat Crystal Cornets, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Magnificent and large pair of Baccarat crystal Cornets, 19th century Magnificent and large pair of Baccarat crystal Cornets, gilt bronze mounting of very high quality and precision ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Bronze

Nice Pair of Light Blue Sèvres Porcelain Vases Signed, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Nice pair of light blue sèvres porcelain vases signed, 19th century. Beautiful pair of light blue Sèvres porcelain vases signed, very high quality gilt bronze frame, gilt decoration...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Very Important Pair of bright turquoise Sèvres Porcelain Vases, signed Sèvres
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very Important Pair of bright turquoise Sèvres Porcelain Vases, signed Sèvres Very Important Pair of bright turquoise Sèvres Porcelain Vases, signed Sèvres and the name of the manuf...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

19th Century French Wooden Liquor Cabinet Napoleon III with Crystal Interior
Located in Sofia, BG
An wooden ebonised and hand-painted liquor cabinet in Napoleon III style with brass inlay. Exterior opens in three directions to elegantly reveal a crystal service surrounded by poli...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Rosewood

Pair Of Candelabras In Gilt Bronze End of XIXth Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Pair Of Candelabras In Gilt Bronze End of XIXth Century" A pair of five branches candelabras in finely chased and gilded bronze of Louis XVI style with babies and heads of beliers ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Late 19th Century Desktop Rotating Book Mill
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
An antique rotating small book mill for your desk, including the small books. The book mill is made of mahogany wood with brass inlays. Including small books. Made in France circa 18...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Brass

Antique French Cut Crystal Candy Bowl with Bronze Footed Base
Located in Toronto, ON
A stunning antique French cut crystal compote / bowl with ornate bronze trims and lid. Measuring 8.25” tall, this piece makes an equally strong statement in a modern or classical int...
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Early 1900s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Bronze

Very Fine 19th C French Empire Gilt Bronze Plateau with Mirrored Center
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine 19th century French Empire decorated plateau. Mirrored center panel. Fine gilt bronze decorated detail with leaf and Empire details.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Napoleon III Inkwell
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Napoleon III inkwell gilt bronz and champleve enamel Origin France perfect condition circa 1860. The Napoleon III style had its heyday during the 1850s and 1880s. Emperor Napoleon wa...
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1850s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Enamel

Gantry Clock French 19th Century Napoleon III
Located in Madrid, ES
Gantry clock French 19th century Napoleon III, in mahogany wood with inlays. Eight-day autonomy mechanism, strikes hours and half hours, white enamel dial with black Roman nume...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Baccarat, Pair Of Opaline Vases, Japanese Decor, XIXth Century
Located in MARSEILLE, FR
Pair of opaline vases with a Japanese decor of birds on a gray background, with a bronze base+ handles reminiscent of bamboo branches Baccarat work Good condition (no cracks or...
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19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Important Garniture French, Late 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Garniture French, late 19th century in gilded bronze and red marble, composed of: clock and two five-light candelabra. Watch with enamel dial with Arabic numerals. Clock machi...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Denise Delavigne - Statue Of Cupid In White Marble, Signed
Located in NONANCOURT, FR
Statue of Cupid in white Carrara marble. The cherub standing with his hands tied and his face sad with his quiver at his feet. Signature on the terrace "Delavigne" for Denise Delavig...
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Late 19th Century Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Carrara Marble

19th Century French Walnut and Brass Writing Boxe
Located in LEGNY, FR
Beautiful walnut desktop box which opens into a writing slope. Decorated on the outside with 2 decorative inlaid tunbridge ware bands. Box opens out to a beige fabric writing slo...
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1890s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Brass

Large Bust Queen Marie Antoinette France Biscuit White 1870 Jacquemin Sculptor
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Large bust Queen Marie Antoinette France biscuit white 1870 Jacquemin sculptor.
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair of Napoleon III Gilt and Patinated Bronze Eight-Light Candelabre, 19th Cent
Located in Basel, BS
A pair of Napoleon III gilt and patinated bronze eight-light candelabre, each with sitting putto. France, late 19th century. Measures: H. 74 cm.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Pair of French Napoleon III Bronze Candlesticks by Barbedienne, France, 1860s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Pair of very elegant classicist candlesticks in fine patinated bronze, signed BARBEDIENNE. The execution of the casting is extremely finely worked with delicate leaves on the outer ...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Rare Napoléon III Three Pieces Clock Set by Auguste Moreau
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare and amazing quality Napoléon III three pieces clock set by Auguste Moreau (1834-1917) Designed for the clock as the wheel of a chariot set on clouds, pulled by a couple of silv...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Griotte Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Napoleon III Woven Gilt Bronze Handled Basket, Weave Table Box
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Napoleon III woven gilt bronze handled basket -weave table box France, circa 1875 A whimsical, yet intricately woven of a handled basket weave table box.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

19th Century Napoleon III Walnut Veneer and Brass Marquetry Liquor Cellar
Located in LEGNY, FR
Very nice Napoleon III liquor cellar made with walnut veneer and beautiful brass marquetry on the top. Carafe and glasses made with Saint Louis Crystal and in very good condition. ...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Brass

Pair of French Black Marble & Champleve Enamel Gilt Bronze Vases by Eugene Cornu
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of 19th C. French black marble & champleve enamel gilt bronze vases By Eugene Cornu. D: 18" X 7" X 9"
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Onyx, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

19th Century, French, Brass Jardinière or Planter
Located in Houston, TX
19th century, French, brass Jardinière or planter. Lovely antique French Napoleon III heavy weight brass jardinière, planter or cachepot. This fantastic French planter is beautifull...
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1850s European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Brass

Magnificent Gilded Bronze Mantel Set
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Magnificent Gilded Bronze Mantel Set" Magnificent Gilded Bronze Mantel Set of very high quality. Represents two babies on each candlestick decorated with tree leaves and garlands....
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Splendid Pair of Porcelain Vases from Sevres, Signed
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Splendid pair of porcelain vases from sevres, signed" Very nice and large pair of Porcelain vases, signed Sèvres, gilding decoration encompassing a painting representing a Galant...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Miniature in Biscuit and Bronze End xix Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Miniature In Biscuit And Bronze End XIX" Beautiful miniature in cookie and gilt bronze  representing an elegant woman sitting on a sofa in gilded bronze in the style of Louis ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Clock and Pair of Candlesticks, French 19th Century Napoleon III
Located in Madrid, ES
CLOCK AND PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS French 19th Century Napoleon III, in relief and gilt bronze, allegory to music, with painted porcelain plaques, by Sévres. Enamelled dial with b...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Late 19th Century Napoleon III Bronze Sculpture
Located in Napoli, IT
Magnificent pair of female musicians in bronze from the Napoleon III, Italy. Dimensions: H. 158cm x W. 34cm x D. 34cm.
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1870s Italian Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Ferdinand Barbedienne, A French Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Vase, C. 1870
Located in New York, NY
Ferdinand Barbedienne, A French Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Vase, C. 1870 In the Islamic / Alhambra taste. The two handled vase in Alhambra form, enameled in rich yellow throughout ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

19th Century French Porcelain Allegorical Charger
Located in Houston, TX
19th century French Porcelain Allegorical charger. Stunning 19th century French hand decorated, artist-signed allegorical porcelain charger. This beautiful well executed faience ch...
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Mid-19th Century European Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Faience, Porcelain

19th Century French Painted and Gilt "Porcelaine de Paris" Vase with Swan Motif
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant antique vase was created in France circa 1880 by "Porcelaine de Paris" factory. Round in shape with a long and wide neck, the colorful porcelain vessel is decorated with...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Saint Louis decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Saint Louis decorative objects are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Saint Louis decorative objects, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original decorative objects by Saint Louis were created in the 19th century in the modern style in France. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by and . Prices for Saint Louis decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,932 and tops out at $6,037, while pieces like these can sell for $3,984.

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