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Empire Furniture

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. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

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
Early 19th Century French Empire Secretary, Mahogany and Ormolu Fittings, c 1820
Located in Greven, DE
19th Century Empire Secretary France Mahogany Empire around 1820 Dimensions: H x W x D: 143 x 97 x 49 cm Description: Very fine French writing desk with delicate dimensions and a ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Vintage original IMPERO dresser, in inlaid and ebonized wood. First 1800
Located in Torino, IT
IMPERO Dresser original vintage, in walnut wood inlaid and ebonized. PERIOD First half of the nineteenth century MODEL Dresser dresser with three drawers MATERIALS Walnut wood inl...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Metal

Empire Danish Antique Sofa, 19th century
Located in Store Heddinge, DK
Absolutely stunning, this early 19th-century sofa hails from the Empire period, showcasing impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design. Built to withstand the test of time, this Dan...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Furniture

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Fabric, Oak, Mahogany

Commode Empire, France, vers 1860.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Commode Empire, France, vers 1860. Très bonne condition. Dimensions : hauteur 104 cm / largeur 178 cm / profondeur 59 cm
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1860s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Walnut

Antique console with mirror, circa 1840, Southern Europe.
Located in Chorzów, PL
An antique console with a mirror from the first half of the 19th century. Beautiful intarsia and animal and floral motifs Dimensions: he...
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1840s Spanish Antique Empire Furniture

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Walnut

Danish mid 20th century burr walnut desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Danish mid 20th century burr walnut desk circa 1950. We are please to offer this desk which is of the highest quality. Stunning top with a single veneer covering the whole writing ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Empire Furniture

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Walnut

Grande Lampadario Impero Dorato Italiano con Cristalli 1780 Circa Sedici Luci
Located in Milan, IT
Monumentale Lampadario Impero a sedici bracci, antico lampadario piemontese, la regione del nord Italia che confina con la Francia, di epoca Impero, realizzato a mano in ferro e cris...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Crystal, Iron

Empire bookcase, Germany, circa 1870.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Empire style bookcase / vitrine made in Germany, circa 1870. Made of walnut wood with brass ornaments Very good condition dimensions: height 209 cm width 192 cm depth 69 cm
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1870s German Antique Empire Furniture

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Walnut

Empire Mantel Clock - La Bibliotheque, Ormolu, France, Paris, circa 1820
Located in Greven, DE
Mantel Clock - La Bibliotheque - In the study room Paris fire-gilt bronze, enamel Empire around 1820 Dimensions: H x W x D: 38 x 28 x 19 cm Description: Scenery mounted on an oval...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Large Early 19th Century French Terracotta Honey Coloured Lions
Located in London, GB
Fabulous pair of early circa 19th century French lions in a warm honey coloured terracotta. Both are stylised and life like, with manes, with one a bobbed tail seated upright and the...
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1820s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Terracotta

Early 19th Century Sideboard, Chiffoniere with special Central Locking System
Located in Greven, DE
Semaniere with interesting locking technology Belgium Walnut, oak early 19th century Dimensions: H x W x D: 142 x 127 x 51 cm Description: Small antique cabinet with drawers...
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1820s Belgian Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

Dresser, Chest of Drawers, Mirror, stamped Jean-Joseph Chapuis, Brussels c. 1810
Located in Greven, DE
Antique dressing table - stamped Chapuis Brussels Mahogany Empire around 1810 Dimensions: H x W x D: 178 x 91 x 56 cm, height without mirror: 82 cm Description: Elaborately crafted early 19th century dressing table...
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Early 19th Century Belgian Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Orologio a Vaso Francia Primo Quarto XIX Secolo
Located in Milano, IT
Orologio a vaso in bronzo dorato poggiante su un plinto ornato con motivi a foglie susseguenti poggiante su quattro piedini a sfera. Il corpo dalla caratteristica forma a vaso biansa...
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1820s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Set of armchairs, Northern Europe, circa 1890.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Set of armchairs, Northern Europe, circa 1890. Very good condition, after professional renovation and replacement of upholstery. Wood: mahogany dimensions : armchairs height 98 c...
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1890s Swedish Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Living room set, Northern Europe, circa 1890
Located in Chorzów, PL
Living room set, Northern Europe, circa 1890. Very good condition, after professional renovation and replacement of upholstery. Wood: mahogany dimensions : sofa height 113 cm sea...
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1890s Swedish Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Pair of Girandoles, Candle sticks, Candelabras, bronze, ~ 1810 Empire, France
Located in Wien, AT
Stunning pair of so called Girandoles, made in France around 1810, in the famous Empire period. The stepped pedestals are beautifully designed with masks and garland décor. On each...
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Early 1800s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Metal, Bronze

Circa 1810 Empire Period French Marble Top Console Table
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Empire period, c.1810, marble top console table, French. Mahogany, mirrored back, dark grey & white marble top with molded sides. Front uprights feature well carved Grecian women wit...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

Commode Empire France Napoleon III, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Commode Empire France Napoleon III 19th century Wood and marble Perfect condition - Original Measures: 88cm x 63cm x 130cm Never restored.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

American Mahogany Partner's Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful Mahogany Partner's Desk with glass knobs. Top refinished and everything else cleaned and ready to go! Two wide drawers per each side with smaller drawers below. Beautiful c...
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1880s American Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Empire Style Needlework Rug in Green and Pink
By Savonnerie
Located in Richmond, London
A fine French Empire style needlework carpet, in deep green with pink and beige tones. Wonderfully decorative bold pattern and colours will certainly make a room. Possibly Portugu...
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20th Century Portuguese Empire Furniture

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Wool

Antique Secretary, Scandinavia, Around 1870, After Renovation
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique secretary from the end of the 19th century. Furniture in very good condition, after professional renovation. Dimensions: height 210 cm ...
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1870s Norwegian Antique Empire Furniture

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Walnut

Circa 1810 Empire Period Secretaire à Abatant
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Empire period, c.1810, Secretaire à Abatant, French. Walnut. Demi-columns with bronze dore mounts. Bronze dore pulls & escutcheons. Chic black marble top with white-grey figure. Grea...
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1810s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

19th Century Swedish Fall Front Desk with Originalpaint
Located in Boden, SE
19th Century fall front desk from Kalix, North of Sweden. The overhanging rectangular top abowe a drop down writing surface enclosing a fitted interior with drawers and a central cu...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Furniture

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Pine

French Antique Bronze Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique bronze chandelier, from 1950's with non-electrified with 24 candle holder chandelier was in Ex-Vice-president Dan Quayle office in ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Substantial Mahogany Empire Cheval Mirror
Located in Cheshire, GB
Very large figured mahogany and ormolu mounted cheval mirror, the architectural top above rectangular mirror plate supported by turned pilasters. The square stepped base section havi...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Wood

Baccarat Empire Cut Crystal Glass Vases w Gilt Bronze Griffon Heads 19th century
Located in Sweden, SE
Rare Baccarat type crystal glass framed with finest ormolu bronze mountings of foliage at base and stylized griffons as handles. Note an unusual asymmetric design to central vase. Th...
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Late 19th Century Antique Empire Furniture

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Crystal, Gold Plate, Bronze

French Empire Style Mable-Top Mahogany Sideboard
Located in Dallas, TX
French Empire style marble-top mahogany sideboard, 20th c, having rectangular marble top, over case fitted with four drawers, cabinet doors opening to interior shelves, with gilt met...
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20th Century French Empire Furniture

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Marble

Empire Style Marble-Top Giltwood Pedestal
Located in Dallas, TX
Empire style marble-top giltwood plant stand, having square top over four carved foliate columns, rising on marble base, ending in paw feet.
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19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

Fine French Empire 19th Century Bronze Candelabras Mounted as Lamps, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Fine French Empire 19th Century Bronze Candelabras Mounted as Lamps, Pair A pair of fine French 19th century Empire bronze candelabras that have been electrified and converted to ta...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Bronze Candelabra
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique bronze candelabra with antique crystal, with 3 candleholders. Marble beige base 4" x 6".
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze

French Empire Mahogany Bureau à Cylindre Writing Table, circa 1810
Located in Rome, IT
A French gilt-metal mounted mahogany bureau à cylindre writing desk. With a grey marble top over three drawers, the fall enclosing a sliding tan leather writing surface, an interior...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Pair of very large high quality Empire Candelabra made ca 1815.
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of large Empire candelabra made around year 1815. The bases are made of Siena marble and mounted with bronze ornaments. On top the bases sculp...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Fabulous Demi-Lune Console, Jardiniere, Mirror available, 1810, Empire, Austria
Located in Wien, AT
Wonderful demi-lune console, usable as jardiniere, made around 1810 in Austria, an original of the Empire era. This wonderful wall console has a faceted mirror in the lower area. Th...
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1810s Austrian Antique Empire Furniture

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Sheet Metal

Pair Charles X Ormolu Candlestick Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair Charles X Ormolu candlestick lamps. Fine pair finely chased gilt metal candlesticks with grey painted candle sleeves above anthemion capitals with ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Ormolu

Distressed Antique Lavar Kermanshah Rug
Located in New York, NY
Highly decorative 19th century Persian Lavar Kermanshah rug. 4' x 6'4''
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Late 19th Century Persian Antique Empire Furniture

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Wool

Chinese Peking Dragon Runner
Located in New York, NY
Very rare antique Chinese Peking runner with a pictorial dragon motif found in field and border in two shades of predominant blues. The size on this piece is original which makes an ...
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20th Century Chinese Empire Furniture

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Wool

Empire Stellar Dining Table
Located in Westwood, NJ
Empire style round dining table with beech and quartered walnut veneer and a stellar parquetry inlaid top with a molded edge on a tapered octagonal column base and quatrefoil concave...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Empire Furniture

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Wood

Swedish Regency Style Period Parcel Gilt Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Regency style armchair featuring a Fruitwood frame with hand-carved matte ebonized plume body details and traditional 22-karat gilded parcel gilt detail on stylized heron heads at arm fronts and legs. Mint restored with new Moss Green mohair upholstery. Available at 200 Lexington...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Empire Furniture

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Gold Leaf

French Early 20th Century Gilt Bronze and Crystal Chandelier
Located in Fairfax, VA
This magnificent crystal and bronze doré chandelier with four swans holding double candle light and graduate hand polished crystal chain. Minimum height fully installed 42".
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1910s French Vintage Empire Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze

19th Century Italian Six-Panel Painted Wood Folding Screen in Gilt Bronze Frame
Located in Firenze, IT
This one-of-a-kind museum quality Italian Empire Period (early 19th Century) room divider folding screen is made up of six rectangular solid wood panels, each richly painted and lacq...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Empire Chiffonier Ebonized, Danish, Approx. 1840
Located in Kastrup, DK
Late Empire black ebonized mahogany chest of drawers / tall boy, with raised semi-oval top. Seven drawers flanked by gilt quarter columns. Brass keyholes. Denmark, Copenhagen Appro...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Furniture

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Mahogany

Early 19th Century Biedermeier or Empire Demi Lune Console with Mirror
Located in Greven, DE
Antique demi-lune console with pillar mirror North Germany Mahogany Biedermeier/Empire around 1820 Dimensions: H x W x D: 234 x 88 x 51 cm single height console: 78 cm, sing...
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1810s German Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Italian Empire Period Walnut and Ebonized Demilune Console Tables with Mirrors
Located in Firenze, IT
These beautiful antique Italian Empire demilune console tables with mirrors date back to early 19th Century. We can assume they were made in Florence, Italy and they come from a vill...
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Mercury Glass, Mirror, Wood, Walnut, Giltwood

French Empire Style Gilt Bronze and Enamel Chandelier by Gherardo Degli Albizzi
Located in Florence, Tuscany
French Empire style gilt bronze and enamel chandelier by Gherardo Degli Albizzi has got twelve lights. This chandelier is characterized by classical plate embellished with gilt bron...
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2010s Italian Empire Furniture

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Bronze, Enamel

17th Century Flemish Pillow - 19" X 14"
Located in Los Angeles, US
Good Condition, Original Design Modified.
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17th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Wool, Feathers

Antique Сrystal Tazza Two Tone 19th century Russian Imperial Factory Fruit Vase
Located in Sweden, SE
Antique and absolutely exclusive, fully hand crafted at Russian Imperial Glass Factory in first half of 19th century. Beautiful combination of colors and unique shape and architectur...
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1830s Russian Antique Empire Furniture

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Crystal

Large Naples White Porcelain Hercules Tureen
Located in New York, NY
Large Naples white porcelain Hercules tureen. Impressive and important neoclassical Ferdinando IV porcelain soup tureen with large Hercules and Theiodamas finial caping a scroll volu...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Faience, Porcelain

Empire Secretaire with Writing Desk, Richly Inlaid Wood. Italy Late 18th Century
Located in Torino, IT
"Empire" cylinder writing desk, secretaire with pull-out top, internal drawers and four external drawers. Origin Italy Period Late eighteenth century Model Cylinder writing des...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Wood, Walnut

19th Century Miniatur Mantel Clock, Gare La Bombe, Cupido, France, Gilded Bronze
Located in Greven, DE
Pendulette "Gare La Bombe" France gilded bronze first half 19th century Dimensions: H x W x D: 20 x 15 x 7 cm Description: Antique miniature mante...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Magnificent Bronze Chandelier In Empire Style Six Light Pendant Lighting
Located in Bastogne, BE
Majestic vintage chandelier! The material of manufacture of this chandelier is a real 100% BRONZE, which is valued all over the world and is charact...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Empire Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Empire Revival Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Commode
Located in New York, NY
French Empire Revival "retour d'Egypte" four drawer commode, ca. 1910 or later, in the manner of Bernard Molitor (French, 1755-1833) with green breccia marble canted rectangular top...
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19th Century Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

Antique Monumental French Empire Bureau Plat Desk Writing Table, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a fine antique French Empire ormolu mounted mahogany bureau plat, circa 1870 in date. The rectangular top has an inset gold-tooled green leather writing surface with a very...
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1870s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Ormolu

French Empire Ormulu Bronze Mantel Clock, Lepaute, Thomire, Paris, circa 1815
Located in Greven, DE
Ormulu pendule with depiction of friendship and love Paris (Lepaute, Thomire) fire-gilt bronze Empire around 1815 Dimensions: H x W x D: 44 x 36 x 13 cm French pendulum movement with eight days duration. Thread suspension and lock disc striking movement with strike on bell on the half and full hour. White enamel dial with Roman hour numerals and Breguet hands. Signature: LePaute & Fils / Hrl. du Roi (Pierre-Basile Lepaute (1750 - 1843) with his son Pierre-Michel Lepaute (1785-1849); from 1811 in joint workshop). Description: The extremely high quality pendulum shown here takes up a profound theme: Friendship, which combines with love and can thereby outlast time and death. As it is typical for the epoch of classicism, personifications and symbols are taken from the fund of ancient mythology and art and then developed further. The main figure is a young woman in an antique, girded garment, standing barefoot and with crossed legs next to an altar, on which she is leaning with her left elbow. She gracefully bows her head towards a tempestuously approaching Cupid, grasps his right hand with her left and draws him to her bosom, the seat of the heart. The delicate ambivalence of flying towards and being held culminates in the trustingly intimate look that the two cast at each other. The young woman personifies friendship, the winged Cupid love. As a sign of their intimate connection, two burning hearts appear on the altar next to the two, framed by the puffed scarf, which are closely bound together by a chain of flowers. Next to them, on the altar slab, one can see an erected book with the title "Amitie" (French: amitie, friendship). Supporting the book is a pomegranate held by a ring of pomegranate flowers. The bursting seeds spill out of the cracked skin. Since ancient times, the pomegranate and its blossoms have been dedicated to the goddess Persephone, symbolizing the underworld and death, but also life and fertility. The myrtle interwoven in the pomegranate flower wreath of "friendship" also has a far-reaching symbolic power: the plant was dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, stands for virginity, and was and is therefore obligatory in the bridal wreath...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze, Enamel

Early 19th Century Vase Pendule, Pendulum-Clock, Tardy à Lyon, Empire circa 1820
Located in Greven, DE
Antique vase clock France Fire gilded bronze Empire around 1820 Dimensions: H x W x D: 41 x 13 x 12 Description: Beautiful all gilt French mantel clock. The basic form is in the shape of an urn vase with lid...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze, Enamel

Empire Library, France, circa 1880
Located in Chorzów, PL
Empire library, France, circa 1880. Very good condition. Wood: walnut Dimensions: H 168 cm W 107 cm D 50 cm.
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1880s French Antique Empire Furniture

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Walnut

A Very Fine Pair of Empire Parcel Gilt Bronze Three Light Candelabra / Lamps
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A very handsome pair of Empire Period parcel gilt bronze 3 light candelabra of exceptional quality & fine proportions, having been converted to table lamps decades ago. Both showing ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Swedish Black & Gilt Bronze Eagle Empire Chandelier, Early 1800's
Located in San Francisco, CA
An Empire-style, black and gold chandelier made in Sweden circa 1830. In a bowl-form with 5 candle-style lights with finely cast, eagle head...
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1820s Swedish Antique Empire Furniture

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Bronze

Especially beautiful Side Table, Pillar Commode Trumeau, Empire, ~1810-15, Italy
Located in Wien, AT
Beautiful pillar commode, trumeau - an original of the Empire era, made around 1810-15, in Italy. This piece of furniture has a wonderfully classic shape, with a base, a round body...
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1810s Italian Antique Empire Furniture

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Marble

Empire furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects, tables and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Modenese Gastone, Europa Antiques, Baker Furniture Company, and Gherardo Degli Albizzi. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $56 and tops out at $955,603 while the average work can sell for $4,296.

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