Skip to main content

Empire Seating

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.

415
17
1
to
43
232
185
433
420
420
33,136
18,720
6,984
3,360
1,337
8
298
109
18
37
Height
to
Width
to
Depth
to
243
139
26
42
15
402
195
168
95
88
352
217
46
38
33
11
3
2
2
2
Style: Empire
Pair of Empire Style Window Seats
Located in Lymington, GB
A pair of Empire-style window seats of superb quality, and in excellent condition. Supported on stained-oak tapering square legs with gilt-brass mounts and hairy paw feet. Upholstere...
Category

20th Century Empire Seating

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Empire Style Canapé
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
An elegant carved wood upholstered canapé.
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Rider Smoke Velvet and Nickel Dining Chair
Located in New York, NY
Parisian flair. Our modern homage to an Empire style dining chair. Our rider dining chair is petite and glamorous, but ultra-comfy. Great as a dining chair, flanking a console, or fa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Empire Seating

Materials

Nickel

Pair of Consulat Ebony-Inlaid Birchwood Armchairs Stamped Jacob Frères
Located in Boston, MA
The curved pierced back with a palmette-inlaid shaped splat terminating in dolphin supports raised on an upholstered seat, on front carved joined hairy animal legs (pieds de bîches) ...
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Pair of Russian Empire Side Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Russian Empire Side Chairs - Original untouched finish newly reupholstered seat in Jim Thompson fabric.
Category

19th Century Russian Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Empire Style Gondola Dining Chairs
Located in Austin, TX
Set of six chairs made of mahogany in the Empire style. This set is finished in a lustrous French polish. They are strong and comfortable. The original linen blend upholstery is in f...
Category

1880s French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Antique French Empire Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Armchairs
Located in London, GB
Pair of antique French Empire style mahogany and gilt bronze armchairs. French, 19th century Dimensions: Height 108cm, width 70cm, depth 60cm This pair of French Empire style fa...
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Ormolu

Set of 6 American Empire Style Carved Wood Gondola Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 American Empire wood dining chairs in mahogany veneer with sloped gondola backs with an openwork, urn-form center topped by a carved foliate neoclassical crown, upholstered ...
Category

20th Century Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Bar Stool in Black Finish with Gold Leaf Finish and Blue Italian Fabric
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Exquisite empire-style bar stool in black finish with gold leaf applications. This seating item, which goes with the Modenese Home Bar set, has a damascus blue fabric with classic pa...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pair of Gilt Empire Style Swan Chairs After Jacob for the Empress Josephine
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of well carved and executed swan tub chairs in Empire style after Jacob. Carved white painted swan supporting ample chair. Solid and well built.
Category

1990s European Empire Seating

Bench Stool Swedish Black 19th Beige Linen Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Bench Swedish Black 19th Beige Linen century Sweden. A stool made during the 19th century in Sweden. Painted in our Laserow Black and upholstered in a beige linen.
Category

Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Seating

Pair Empire Stye Chairs
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Pair of Empire style fruitwood hand carved rounded back chairs with swan and dolphin motif with gilt accents. The rounded backs, with separate seat cushions. The fabric is slightly...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

French Empire Style Mahogany Daybed with Ormolu Mounts and Velvet Upholstery
Located in Chicago, IL
French Empire style mahogany daybed on casters with ormolu gilt bronze mounts and chocolate velvet upholstery.
Category

20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Ormolu

Fine 19th Century Swedish Early Empire Armchair
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine and unusual early 19th century late Gustavian / early Empire armchair in neoclassic style. Original condition with delicate flower painting on the backrest, circa 1815, Sweden.
Category

Early 19th Century European Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Wood

Set of Ten French Empire Mahogany Caned Dining Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Glorious set of ten mahogany dining chairs made in the neoclassical French empire taste. The chairs feature decorative bronze mounts and hand-caned seats crafted from radiant-grained...
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Bronze

Club or Library Chairs Pair, Covered in "Leopard" Fabric
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Elegant and antique pair of Empire high chairs - New padding for hygiene with unusual modern tissue (it may be changed). Very interesting price for closing activities. M/927.
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Walnut

20th Century Empire Style Lion Kanapee Sofa
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial stylish lion Kanapee in Empire style. Finely detailed carving work on solid ebonized beechwood. Gilded. Winged, protruding lions heads in bronze. (B-Sam-60).
Category

20th Century Empire Seating

Materials

Wood, Beech

Original antique Empire Armchair circa 1860-1880 Massive Mahogany bronze
Located in Berlin, DE
Original Empire armchair circa 1860-1880 massive mahogany 2 beautiful armchairs from an Empire room. Each 2 figures provided cast bronze. The chairs have a nice curve, in a top...
Category

Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Chair Kohn Nr.321, since 1906, Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
Original state. Perfectly cleaned and re-polished with shelack finish. New upholstery surface on the original core.
Category

Early 20th Century Austrian Empire Seating

Materials

Brass

Important Pair of Empire Style Carved Giltwood Tub Chairs
Located in London, GB
An important pair of Empire style carved giltwood Tub chairs with green velvet upholstery. The Lion Monopedia side supports feature finely carved detail and a realistic pose. Thes...
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Giltwood

Early 19th Century French Empire Carved Mahogany Canapé
Located in Harlingen, TX
Currently residing at the Inn at the Old Jail, a national landmark in Tremé, New Orleans, the rich history of this early 19th century French Empire settee is reflected in its Neoclas...
Category

Early 19th Century Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Brass

21st Century Empire-Style White Lacquered Chair by Modenese Gastone Interiors
Located in PADOVA, Italy
All the exclusivity of Italian handcraftsmanship is wrapped up in this chair with armrests by the producer Modenese Gastone Interiors. The frame is in solid wood, while the seat, bac...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

Empire Chair French Desk Chair 20th Century to be Re-Uphostered
Located in Labrit, Landes
French Empire Revival side chair desk chair Early 20th century The fabric seat can easily be changed to suit your interior Good vintage condition with beautiful patina Frame is s...
Category

Early 20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Noble Venetian Armchair in Blue and Gold Fabrics with Pillow
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Complete a lavish living room set up with this sophisticated royal blue armchair. The carefully selected upholstery fabric adds a unique charm on the gold-painted solid wood of this ...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Set of 6 Empire Barrel Chairs, 1810-20
Located in Belmont, MA
This unique and original set of 6 early 19th century Empire barrel chairs stands out for its elegant design. The chairs feature a beautiful walnut veneer. The chairs have a new uphol...
Category

1810s French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Walnut

Armchairs Pair of Swedish Empire 19th Century Mahogany Gilded, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A pair of armchairs made during the Empire / Karl Johan period in Sweden 1810-1830. Veneered in a beautiful dark brown mahogany and decorated with two gilded dolphins. Sabre back leg...
Category

Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Seating

Empire Style Ebonized Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary empire-style bench in great condition hand-crafted out of mahogany wood and professionally restored by our craftsmen team. This vintage piece features scrolled legs ...
Category

1970s French Vintage Empire Seating

Materials

Brass

Pair of Empire Period Mahogany Fauteuils, France ca. 1810-20
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Empire Period French carved mahogany fauteuils from the early 19th century. Each with a rectangular padded back with downcurved reeded arms, the bow front upholstered seat...
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Early 19th Century Restored Empire Mahogany Living Room French Seating Set, 3pcs
Located in Horomerice, CZ
French Empire three-piece suite. Made of mahogany wood. Completely restored, new upholstery included. Surface was done by shellac polish. Sofa dimensions: Height: 92cm Seat h...
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany, Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

Antique American Empire Regency Mahogany Paw Feet Roll Arm Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Empire Regency Mahogany Paw Feet Roll Arm Sofa. Item features hairy paw feet, carved leafy scrolls, rolled arms, solid wood frame, nicely carved details, very nice a...
Category

19th Century Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Empire-Style Italian Armchair with Cushion in Walnut and Gold Leaf Finish
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Exquisitely carved armchair in walnut finish with gold leaf decorations. Cushion and fabrics are 100% customizable, this particular model uses an exclusive grey damascus. This majest...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Early 19th Century French Imperial Empire Tabouret Ordered for The Tuileries
Located in Essex, MA
Period French Empire Tabouret or Ployant Ordered for the Tuileries Palace under the Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. Folding design. Carved and gilded wood. Large scale as they would hav...
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Beech, Giltwood

Empire Style Wooden Bench, Gold Leaf Finishing, Handcarved and Made in Italy
Located in Barlassina, IT
Empire style bench. It was designed and made for the first time in 1992 and showed at Salone del Mobile . This bench named "Opera" has become during these years an iconic classic ite...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Wood

Pair of Empire Chairs French 20th Century Green Leather
Located in Labrit, Landes
French Empire Revival Side Chairs Early 20th century The green leather seat can easily be changed to suit your interior Good vintage condition with nice patina Frames are sound and...
Category

Early 20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

CASSADY Solid Cherry Empire Style Dining Side Chairs - Pair
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of dining side chairs in the Empire style by Cassady Furniture. Solid cherry with baluster seatback, curved top, arching side rails aligning with the seat and gently curved le...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Cherry

Empire Walnut and Gold Leaf Hand-Carved Sitting Chair by Modenese
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Come have a seat at this wonderfully upholstered chair by Modenese Gastone Interiors featuring a wood frame gold leaf applied in details, upholstered with a premium floreal satin fab...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

19th Century Empire Sofa
Located in Opole, PL
19th-Century Empire sofa We present you this piece of furniture after thorough renovation. The upholstery is new.
Category

Mid-19th Century European Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Mahogany and Parcel Gilt French Empire Style Armchairs
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a very sophisticated pair of mahogany and parcel French Empire style armchairs with fully padded and upholstered back and seat, circa 1950.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Empire Walnut and Gold Leaf Hand-Made Sitting Chair by Modenese Gastone Interior
Located in PADOVA, Italy
Have a seat on this wonderfully upholstered empire side chair by Modenese Gastone Interiors featuring a wood frame gold leaf applied in details, upholstered with a premium floreal sa...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

19th Pair of Empire Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Visitor Chairs
Located in Marseille, FR
Pair of empire style mahogany and gilt bronze visitor chairs decorated with griffins upholstered in rich raspberry velvet gilt bronze register dimension height 96 cm for a width and ...
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Classy French Empire Mahogany and Ebonized Bench Ottoman with New Upholstery
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Rich looking antique mahogany Empire style bench or ottoman having ebonized and gilded decoration and a crisp heavy gauge cotton duck attached seat cushion.
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Set of 6 Chairs, Empire Style, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 6 chairs, Empire style, Belgium.
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

20th Century antique Empire Style Lion canapé Sofa beech bronze
Located in Berlin, DE
Imperial stylish lion Kanapee in Empire style. Finely detailed carving work on solid ebonized beechwood. Gilded. Winged, protruding lions heads in bronze.
Category

20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Beech

Pair of Vintage Carved Gilt X-Frame Stools
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A pair of vintage carved and gilt ‘X’ frame stools with reeded frames and scrolled ends.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf

Neoclassical French Empire Swan Neck Chaise Longue Recamier
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Early 19th century French empire Recamier, chaise longue, or daybed featuring carved swan neck ends. Crafted from rich fruitwood with neoclassical motifs of rosettes and acanthus. Th...
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Fruitwood

20th C. Empire Style Black Lacquered Parcel Gilt Zebra Print Bergeres, a Pair
Located in Morristown, NJ
20th c., pair of custom made bergeres, black lacquered and parcel gilt, the arm rests ending in ram's heads, the legs ending on hoof feet, label of "Greenbaum Interiors" to underside...
Category

Late 20th Century American Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Giltwood, Lacquer

21st Century Empire-Style White Lacquered Chair by Modenese Gastone
Located in PADOVA, Italy
All the preciousness of Italian craftsmanship is wrapped up in this empire-style chair from Modenese Gastone Interiors. The frame is in solid wood, while the seat and the back are pa...
Category

2010s Italian Empire Seating

Materials

Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

French Empire Green Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Empire style (19th century) mahogany armchairs with bronze trim and eagle heads with green seat.
Category

19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Bronze

French Empire Alcove Bed
Located in Hudson, NY
Empire fruitwood alcove bed with ebonized carved wood caryatid heads, feet and two pairs of urns.
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

Cockpit Chair in Wood Upholstered Velvet Dedar France
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. Elega...
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Pair of Swedish Empire Green Stripe Club Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Swedish Empire-style (20th Century) gilt club chairs with green lacquered claw feet and stripe upholstery (PRICED AS Pair)
Category

20th Century Swedish Empire Seating

Finely Carved Mahogany Settee Loveseat Empire Claw Feet Tall Back CLEAN
By J. Horner
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Finely Carved Mahogany Settee Loveseat Empire Claw Feet Tall Back CLEAN
Category

20th Century American Empire Seating

Materials

Mahogany

High Back French Empire Neoclassical Style Marble Fabric Wing Back Arm Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage high back French Empire / neoclassical style lounge chair with marbled fabric. Item features a tall solid carved wood frame, unique upholstered wings, shapely legs, cream dis...
Category

1950s American Vintage Empire Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Set of Ten Ormolu Mounted Classical French Empire Style Dining Chairs
Located in Rochester, NY
A perfectly matched set of ten classical French Empire style dining room chairs - all with finely detailed brass metal ormolu mounts at backs, legs and feet - the wood frames with a...
Category

20th Century Unknown Empire Seating

Materials

Wood

Empire Stool with Giltwood Lion Heads and Paw Feet, Sweden, Circa 1810
Located in New York, NY
Fantastic Swedish Empire stool with giltwood lion heads and paw feet, Sweden, circa 1810. Featured in our gallery windows (photographs attached) photographed by David Prince and J...
Category

Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Giltwood

Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Six Piece Salon Suite 19th C
Located in London, GB
This is a fantastic and highly decorative antique French gilt bronze mounted Empire six piece salon suite, comprising a sofa, a pair of fauteuil armchairs, a pair of side chairs and ...
Category

1880s French Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of Swedish Armchairs
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Pair of late 19th C Swedish Empire style barrel back armchairs. 1890. Seat height is 19". Dimensions 24 inches (61 cms) Wide 25 inches (64 cms) Deep 31.5 inches (80 cms) Hig...
Category

19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Beech

Late Empire Armchair in Mahogany with Light Striped Fabric from 1840s
Located in Lejre, DK
Late empire armchair in mahogany with light striped fabric from around the year 1840. Stands in very fine used condition. Dimensions in cm: H: 90.5 W: 57cm D: 50.5 SH: 46 Great condi...
Category

1840s Unknown Antique Empire Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Recently Viewed

View More