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Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine. Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

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Style: Empire
Early XIX ° Century Italian 800 Silver Liturgical Chalice
Located in VALENZA, IT
Liturgical chalice in Italian silver from the 19th century. The goblet, very balanced in its forms, is in Empire style and is characterized by the classic palmette design on the stem...
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1820s Italian Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Silver

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Salad Plate No 20/3573
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica salad plate no 20/3573. Latin name: Platanthera rotundifolia Lindl. Measures: 19.2 cm / 7 9/16 in. Item no.: 436289.
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1950s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

French Second Empire Sterling Silver Chamberstick
Located in New York, NY
French, Second Empire, sterling silver chamberstick, Paris, circa 1850s. Measures 6 1/2 inches wide from edge of handle to far edge of tray x 2 3/4 inches high x 4 inches diameter. W...
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1850s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Sterling Silver

French Empire Style 19th Century Dore' Bronze Mounted Center Bowl
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fine quality and detail. The bronze is designed with swans posed with wings spread. The cut glass is of the finest quality. The center bowl is beautifully and generously scaled.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Bronze

Creil Et Montereau Tea or Coffee Pot, Napoleonic Military, circa 1820
Located in Doylestown, PA
A Creil et Montereau coffee pot with Napoleonic Military decoration, circa 1820, with small lid.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Faience

Early 19th Century Plateau Mirror
Located in Copenhagen, K
Plateau mirrors was used on the dining or dressing table, in front of guest of honor, to put flowers or candles on.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Bronze

Paris Porcelain Gilt Chinoiserie Cup
Located in New York, NY
Paris porcelain gilt chinoiserie cup. French footed coffee can with richly painted and gilt chinoiserie figures within gilt arcade on brown ground with gilt Interior. France, earl...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Salimbeni Green Centerpiece with Clock Fired Enamels on Guillochè
Located in Firenze, FI
Large centerpiece with clock in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fired enamels on guillochè. With sculptures of winged ladies, Swiss mechanical skeleton movement...
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1990s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Salimbeni Striped Table Cigarette Case with Sides with Black Onyx Plates
Located in Firenze, FI
Octagonal table cigarette case in sterling silver 925/1000 gold plated with two-tone translucent fired enamels with stripes on guilloché and hand-engraved motifs. Sides with black on...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Other, Gold Plate, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Salimbeni Shaped Blue Table Clock Empire Style
Located in Firenze, FI
Shaped table clock in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fired enamel on guillochè and Empire style ornaments. Swiss "Hebdomas" mechanical movement with 8-day char...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Amethyst, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Salimbeni Oval Blue Table Box Witn Fine Oval Miniature
Located in Firenze, FI
Oval table box in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fired enamels on guillochè. In center fine oval miniature cm. 4 x 5.3 hand-painted in tempera on vegetal ivory...
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1990s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Gold Plate, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Custard Cup or Mustard Pot No 3589 / 3514
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica custard cup or mustard pot no 3589 / 3514 Measures: 8.5cm / 3 1/4". Hold 3 1/4 oz. In perfect condition Latin name: Medicago minima lam Item n...
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1950s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Late 18th Century Italian Silver Coffeepot Empire Style, Rome, Italy
Located in VALENZA, IT
Rare silver coffeepot, circular base, flared body with leafy decorations, wooden handle, decorated spout with a male face with a beard. Lid with gilded flower 1053 grams.
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1790s Italian Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver

Pair of Russian Empire Malachite, French Bronze Centrepiece/Tazzas by Thomier
Located in New York, NY
A magnificent pair of Russian Empire Period malachite, French doré bronze and cut crystal Tazzas, signed THOMIRE A PARIS. The square malachite bowls are upheld by putti (cupids) stan...
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal, Malachite, Bronze

Paris Porcelain Coffee Can and Saucer, C. 1830
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Paris porcelain coffee can and saucer, c. 1830. The coffee can painted with a large spray of flowers, with smaller sprigs around the rest of the can, between gilt lines. Similar deco...
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1830s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Sevres Style Swan Cream Cups
Located in Copenhagen, K
A beautiful pair of Sevres Style cream cups, in the form of gilded Swans.
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18th Century and Earlier European Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen, Flora Danica Icedome No 20/3538
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen. Flora Danica Icedome No 20/3538 Latin Names: Potentilla Vahliana Lehn, 'Viola unbrosa Fr..', 'Chimophila uniflora Fr..' og 'Loiseleuria procumbens Desv.'.' H incl b...
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1940s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Porcelain Urns, Empire circa 1800
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of porcelain urns from the empire period, probably Russian. Painted with flowers and gilded.
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Early 19th Century European Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Early 19th Century Paris Porcelain Vase
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A Paris porcelain urn with swan’s head handles; beautifully painted frolicking cupids to the front, and matte and burnished framed musical motifs to the back. Some rubbing consistent...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Two Pairs of Period Empire Bisque Porcelain And Gilt Swan Cups
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of 4 period Empire Bisque Porcelain and gilt swan cups, sold as two pairs, each pair listed at $1299 per pair.  
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Late 18th Century European Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Empire Gilt Chinoiserie Vases
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Empire gilt chinoiserie vases. Pair hand-painted and gilt French vases of the Empire period with mask handles and gilt surrounds centering on richly colored oriental scenes w...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Baccarat 19th Century Gilt Bronze Cut-Glass Tantalus
Located in London, GB
Baccarat 19th Century Gilt Bronze Cut-glass Tantalus  Liqueur set, C 1890 containing three decanters and stoppers and twelve liqueur glasses. The square-sectioned decanters cut with ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ormolu

20th Century Italian Solid Silver Empire Style Sugar Bowl on Feet
Located in VALENZA, IT
Important Italian sugar bowl in 800 solid silver made in Florence. The Empire style is characterized by the Classic leaves, embossed and finely chiseled especially on the lid and on ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Silver

Sterling Silver Jewel Box Fire Enamel Guilloché Hand Painted, Engraved Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Rectangular box with concave corners in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fire enamels and late Russian Empire style ornaments hand painted on guilloché and artis...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Pair of First-Empire Period 2-Handled Porcelain Vases with Westall Venus Scenes
By Porcelaine de Paris, Richard Westall
Located in New York, NY
An incredible and rare pair of French Paris Porcelain First-Empire Period Winged Sphynx-form double- handled porcelain vases with mythological scenes of Venus and Cupids after Richar...
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pristine Baccarat Crystal Harcourt 1841 Empire Whiskey Decanter
Located in New York, NY
Pristine condition Harcourt Empire 1841 whiskey decanter. Luxurious, beautifully proportioned, elegant gilt decoration, well balanced weight. A perfect complement for the finest whi...
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20th Century French Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

French, Early 19th Century, Empire Style, Pierced Porcelain Basket
Located in Lantau, HK
French Empire Paris porcelain gilt reticulated centerpiece basket. Ideal decorative centerpiece to hold flowers or fruits on a dinning table Ref AACPO18 Shipping included Free and...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Empire, Sterling Silver-Mounted Two-Piece Fish Set in Original Box, Paris
Located in New York, NY
Empire, French, sterling silver-mounted, two-piece fish serving set in original box, Paris, circa 1875. Monogrammed with a script letter B. Original box (which comes with the set) ha...
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1870s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver Plate, Sterling Silver

Early 19th Century Empire Porcelain Set Coffee Pot and Pitcher
Located in Paris, FR
Empire porcelain set composed of a coffee pot and a pitcher for hot milk. They are decorated with medallions featuring musical and revolutionary motifs. Gold trim surrounds the medal...
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Early 19th Century Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Transparent Amphora in Bronze and Crystal by Modenese Luxury Interiors
Located in PADOVA, IT
Splendid transparent amphora by Modenese Luxury Interiors. Let your house shine with the bright glares coming from this precious item, which is delicately hand blown by skillful arti...
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2010s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal, Bronze, Gold Leaf

Pair of Fine Ormolu and Green Marble Eight-Light Torcheres/Centerpieces
Located in New York, NY
An unusual and rare pair of ormolu and green marble eight-light torcheres/floor centerpieces attributed to E. F. Caldwell and Co New York. In the Empire style, the circular pierced f...
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1890s American Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Marble, Bronze

Late 18th Early 19th Century Italian Silver Wax Jack
Located in Firenze, IT
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). The round-shaped bowl flat chased ...
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1810s Italian Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Silver

Pair of "Darte Brothers" Porcelain Plates of Lioness and Cheetah
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique Darte Brothers cobalt blue porcelain plates magnificently painted with lioness and cheetah in lush green landscapes, decorated with two-tone 24 karat gold. Each with ...
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1810s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

34-Piece Early 20th Century Porcelain Tableware by Limoges
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful porcelain table service from the French brand Limoges. The tableware is decorated with wide blue edges and gold-coloured rims. The porcelain is of a beautiful quality and i...
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Early 20th Century European Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Sterling Silver Desk Centerpiece Gold Plated with Fire Enamels on Guilloche' Sal
Located in Firenze, FI
Desk centerpiece in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fire enamels on guilloche and hand engraved finish, late French Empire Napoleon III style. Made up of a cent...
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2010s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Two Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Plain Candlesticks with Lion Heads
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Two Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Plain candlesticks with lion heads. Dated 1969-1974. Model number 1/15. Measures: 23 x 8 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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1960s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Italian Silver Soup Tureen Empire Style by Vittorio Manzoni, Milan
Located in VALENZA, IT
Gorgeous solid silver tureen in Empire style on feet with handles. The body of the tureen is completely hammered by hand, embossed and chiseled with the typical designs of the Empir...
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1960s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver

Salimbeni Candlestick Sterling Silver Green Fire Enameled Guilloché Engraved
Located in Firenze, FI
Candlestick with 3 flames on rectangular base, in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fire enamels on guilloche with 2 sculptures of winged lions and various Empire...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Fabergé Porcelain Tea, Coffee Cups Set of Four in a Velvet Case
By Modern Fabergé
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Fine porcelain set of four Fabergé original porcelain coffee or tea cups, service for four. Enjoy the start to your day with the classical sophistication only from Faberge. These s...
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Late 20th Century French Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Centerpiece Sterling Silver White Fire Enameled Hand Painted Guilloché Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Centerpiece sterling silver table gold plated with translucent fire enamels on guilloche with sculptures of intertwined dolphins and other rich Empire style ornaments. Formed by a sq...
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Early 2000s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Pair of Antique First Period French Empire Centerpiece Tazzas or Fruit Compotes
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare and hard to find pair of matching and all original Old Paris porcelain centerpiece or dessert stands. This fine set of two pieces feature elegant and beautifully cast women an...
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1820s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Gold

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Flora Danica Serving Platter No 3518
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Flora Danica serving platter No 3518. Measures 40cm / 15 3/4" and is in perfect condition. Latin name is: Campanula Fachelium L. Item no.: 432435.
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1950s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Sterling Silver Table Ornament with Singing Bird Mechanical Automaton Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Singing bird mechanical automaton of 2 cm rectangular 925/1000 sterling silver table ornament gold plated with translucent brown fired enamels on hand engraving with wood-like grain ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

50-Piece Set Antique Porcelain Tableware by Lanternier Limoges Empire Style
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful antique set of porcelain tableware by the French maker Lanternier Limoges. This service dates from around 1910-1920. The service is white in color, decorated with inlaid go...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Sterling Silver Egg, Enamel on Guillochè, Table Clock Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Large egg in 925 silver, enamel on guilloché, table clock produced and designed by Salimbeni. Made of gold-plated 925/1000 sterling silver with blue translucent fire enamel on guillo...
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1990s Italian Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Enamel, Sterling Silver

Dagoty Manufacture of Empress Joséphine Wife of Napoleon 1st Swan Cup
Located in Paris, FR
This very rare set of 12 delicate cups swan shape with their saucers is signed by Dagoty, one of the favorite manufacturers of Empress Joséphine's first Napoleon wife well known for ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Antique Kister Porcelain Joachim Murat Figurine French Revolution Statue
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Kister porcelain figurine of Joachim Murat riding a white horse. “A.W. Fr. Kister Porcelain Manufactory of Scheibe-Alsbach, Thuringia, Germany, used this mark from 1900 to 19...
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Late 19th Century Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of “Old Paris” Porcelain Coolers, Yellow Bands, Floral Wreaths
Located in New York, NY
Darte Frères, Paris, made, circa 1820. Porcelain, partially painted and gilded. Measures: 14 1/4 in. high, 10 3/8 in. wide (through the handles), 7 3/4 in. deep. Signed (with ste...
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19th Century Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Custard Cup No 255'3514'
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica custard cup no 255(3514) Latin name Euphrasia officinalis (eyewort) Measures: 8.5cm / 3 1/4". Holds 3 1/4 oz. Item no.: 439594.
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1950s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Antique French Empire Art Deco Frosted Glass Flambe Lamp Chandelier Flame Torch
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique frosted glass flambe (flamed or torchiere) lamp shades. Great for use on chandeliers or pendant lamps. 3 available.   
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Early 20th Century Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Baccarat Harcourt Empire 1841 Decanter
Located in New York, NY
Estate Baccarat Harcourt Empire 1841 decanter. Iconic Baccarat design, the most sought after and the earliest in Baccarat collection, dating to 1841. Graceful gold details complemen...
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20th Century French Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal

Antique Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Set for 12 Persons 72 Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Antique Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica set for 12 persons 72 pieces. 12 x 3549 dinner plates 25cm / 9 4/5" 12 x 3546 soup plates 22cm / 8 41/64" 12 x 3573 salad plates 19.5cm / 7...
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1930s Danish Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

French Nécessaire de Voyage
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exceptional and rare French nécessaire de voyage is almost certainly the work of the highly respected Parisian manufacturer Pierre-Dominique Maire and the silversmith Jacques-Br...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Crystal, Silver

KPM, Berlin, Antique Blanc de Chine Empire Lidded Vase with Garlands and Eagle
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
KPM, Berlin. Antique Blanc de chine empire lidded vase modelled with garlands and eagle. 19th century. Measures: 33.5 x 19 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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19th Century German Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Empire Set of Four French Sterling Silver '.950' Footed Open Salt Cellars-Venner
By Isabelle Venner
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Empire, sterling silver (.950), footed open salt cellars with matching spoons and liners, Paris, circa 1900, Isabelle Venner, maker. Each salt cellar is gilded on the ins...
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Early 1900s French Antique Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Gold, Sterling Silver

Salimbeni Enchanting Frames with Border in Louis XV Empire Style
Located in Firenze, FI
Salimbeni enchanting frames. Our life is unique, our memories are precious but also a little naughty. A familiar image loaded with love and happiness can turn into feelings of sadne...
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1970s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Salimbeni Blue Small Egg Sterling Silver Enamel on Guilloche
Located in Firenze, FI
Small egg in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with translucent fired enamel on guilloché. Fabergè Russian Empire style. Diameter cm. 3,4 high cm. 4,5. Weight gr. 53- Produced in ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Salimbeni External Yellow and Inside White Enchanting Frame Sterling Silver
Located in Firenze, FI
Salimbeni Enchanting Frames Our life is unique, our memories are precious but also a little naughty. A familiar image loaded with love and happiness can turn into feelings of sadnes...
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1980s Italian Vintage Empire Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

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