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Empire Floor Lamps

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.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
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 Floor Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

French Empire Style Bronze Floor Lamp
Located in Fairfax, VA
An elegant empire style floor lamp. Crafted in France in 1920s, this classic design three light clawfoot floor lamp is finished in black and gold and is sitting on a triangle marble ...
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1920s French Vintage Empire Floor Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of Palatial Bronze and Steel Empire Style Torchieres
Located in New York, NY
Pair of palatial Empire style gilt and patinated bronze mounted steel torchieres. Each with a circular shallow dish form basin having a Greek-key and palmette detailed rim, on a flut...
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Late 20th Century European Empire Floor Lamps

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Bronze, Steel

Antique Corinthian Column Brass Floor Lamp with Fringed Lampshade, England, 1890
By OTHR
Located in Rijssen, NL
Antique corinthian column brass telescopic floorlamp, Hinks pattern, with wonderful handmade fringed lampshade. Made in England, in the style of James Hinks & Son in 1890. The lamp ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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Brass

Florentine Craftsmanship Heavy Cast Empire Style Floor Lamp No Lampshade
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Massi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Empire Floor Lamps

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Monumental Pair of Italian Empire Gilt Bronze Candleholders or Floor Lamps, 1800
Located in Rome, IT
Impressive pair of Italian Empire finely chiseled ormolu Flambeaux, on triform base, each with 25 scrolled gilt-bronze candle arms. Attributed to Luigi Manfredini the famous bronze a...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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French Bronze Empire Style Mahogany Floor Lamp
Located in Stamford, CT
Gorgeous French Empire style mahogany floor lamp, the first quarter of 19th century, the columnar style rosewood pedestal decorated with bronze dolphin motifs, raised on a tripod bas...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Floor Lamps

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Wood

Swedish Cast Iron Urn Norrahammar No 5
Located in Karlstad, SE
Very rare garden urn marked Norrahammar No 5 in cast iron, 19th century. Condition: Good original condition with heavy patina.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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Iron

Large 19th Century French Empire Period Floor Candelabrum
Located in Forney, TX
An extraordinary period Empire gilded gold dore bronze rolling floor candelabrum. Born in France, the stunning Neo-classical style architectural antique, circa 1805, featuring an...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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Bronze, Ormolu

French 1950s Empire Style Bronze Floor Lamp
Located in Fairfax, VA
Elegant 1950s Empire style bronze claw foot floor lamp modified with adjustable double socket and fitted with black lampshade.
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1950s French Vintage Empire Floor Lamps

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Bronze

French Empire Style Bronze and Metal Floor Lamp
Located in LEGNY, FR
French Empire style bronze and metal floor lamp. The shade is painted sheet metal. There is an bronze eagle at the top. Three lights.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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Sheet Metal

20th Century Italian Silver Standard Floor Lamps Baroque Revival.
Located in VALENZA, IT
Finely hand-chiselled and embossed by hand. The cast shade-supports bear delicately chiselled decorative elements. The main support is refined, chiselled and embossed with swirls an...
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Late 20th Century Italian Empire Floor Lamps

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Silver

19th Century French Marble and Gilt Bronze Fine Floor Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French gilt bronze and marble floor lamp . Fine quality gilt bronze detail.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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Marble

20th Century Empire Style Floor Lamp in Crackled White Painted Finish
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Floor lamp in crackle finished creamy white paint with gold edge decoration. Wired with a three way socket. Measure: The circular painted top is 18" in diameter and 25 3/4" from the ...
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1950s American Vintage Empire Floor Lamps

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Wood

20th Century, Empire Style Silvered Ceiling Candelabra
Located in Berlin, DE
Bronze, silvered. Finely engraved. Bell shaped, traffic-light styled corpus. (F-Ra-25).
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20th Century French Empire Floor Lamps

Empire Style Steel and Bronze Floor Lamp
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A handsome empire-style steel and bronze floor lamp with a custom navy blue enamel shade. Possibly by J.E. Caldwell. Newly rewired.
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Early 20th Century American Empire Floor Lamps

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Steel, Bronze

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Pair of Russian Imperial Cut Crystal and Doré Bronze Centerpieces W/ Masks
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Baccarat Crystal Prismic Pattern Centerpiece and 4-Light Candelabra Set
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1860s French Antique Empire Floor Lamps

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French Sèvres Porcelain & Ormolu-Mounted Hand-Painted Oval Centerpiece/Jardenier
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Hand-Diamond Cut Crystal & Ormolu Mounted Baccarat Centerpiece/Surtout de Table
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19th C. French Patinated Bronze Mounted Pink Marble Centerpiece w/ Rams Heads
Located in New York, NY
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19 C. Dore Bronze Mounted Moser Light-Amber Colored Crystal & Enamel Centerpiece
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Pair of 19th Century Meissen Porcelain Cupid Centerpieces with Baskets
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Pair of Antique French Two Tiered Tazzas or Centerpieces by P. Philippe Thomier
By Pierre-Philippe Thomire
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