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Napoleon III Furniture

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
Inkwell FRENCH MANUFACTURING OF THE EARLY 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Inkwell FRENCH MANUFACTURING OF THE EARLY 1900s Empire style inkwell in yellow Siena marble with gilded bronze inkwells and sphinx. 48 x 23 cm Height 20.
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Furniture

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Marble

19th Century Enamel And Bronze Napoleon Clock
Located in Hoddesdon, GB
A Handsome 19th century, French Napoleon III mantle Clock of fine quality. Black enamel & Gilt bronze case , lion masks to the sides sitting on claw feet . The clock and striking bel...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze, Enamel

Antique Ebonized Fruitwood Center or Writing Table, Napoleon III Period
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
An imposing Napoleon III center table (or 'Table de Milieu') in ebonized fruit wood, rectangular in shape, with rounded sides. Its ornate top, which is bordered all around with a gilt bronze frieze and two further inner bands, features at its centre an intricate marquetry inlaid design of a foliage cartouche framing a vase of flowers. The smoothly curving belt of the table encloses a frieze drawer on one long side, with a repeat, inlaid design that echoes that of the top. The table rests on four turned, tapered and fluted legs, ending in toupie feet, and these are connected by two half-moon spacers...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

Pair of 19th Century French Carved Oak Wall Panels with Pheasants in Gilt Frames
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a man's office, a ranch or a hunting lodge with this pair of elegant antique wall plaques. Crafted in France circa 1870 and built of oak ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Oak, Giltwood

Two Dormer Windows in Cast Iron from the 19th Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Two 19th century polychrome cast iron dormer windows in very good condition Beautiful patina.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Iron

19th Century French Pair of Belle Époque Baccarat Crystal Crinoline Plafonniers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of 19th Century Belle Époque Baccarat Crystal “Crinoline” Plafonniers Crinoline model created in 1895 Composed of a crown in gilded bronze f...
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1850s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Crystal, Ormolu

Fireplace Bronze Andirons with Amphoraes
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Elegant pair of French andirons with bronze amphoraes. To be used also as bookends. ref. M/943.   
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

French 19th Century Napoleon III Cabinet
Located in Vilnius, LT
French antique Napoleon III cabinet. Wood is black color polished surface, decorated with inlaid brass decor and bronze details ourside. Inside the cabinet there are two shelves. ...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Brass

French 19th Century Napoleon III Mother of Pearl Inlay Wall Clock
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A stunning 19th century wall clock, diamond in shape, with rippling clock frame of ebony-painted wood. mother of pearl astral and filigree designs is inlaid in differently stained ma...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Mother-of-Pearl

Pair of Sheaths, Consoles, Mahogany, Golden at the Gold Leaf, 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of sheaths, consoles, mahogany, gold leaf, 19th century, Napoleon-III. Measures: H 101 cm, L 28 cm, P 22 cm.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Mahogany

19th Century French Gilt Bronze and Crystal Aesthetic Seven-Light Chandelier
Located in Antwerp, BE
A 19th century French gilt bronze and crystal Aesthetic seven-light chandelier France, circa 1880 Perfectly working and ready to be hung.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze

Mahogany Side / Sewing Table in Napoleon III Style From the 19th Century
Located in Opole, PL
Mahogany Side / Sewing Table in Napoleon III Style From the 19th Century A small side / sewing table on curved legs with a raised, wavy top and a removable insert with compartments....
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Mahogany

19th Century French Marquetry Drop-Leaf Table
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Charming drop-leaf table with symmetrical marquetry inlay. The table has a drawer with key. The top has a profiled edge, and the legs are finished with bronze gold-colored ornaments....
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Mahogany

Napoleon III Period Cast Iron Marble-Top Console
Located in Dallas, TX
Napoleon III period wrought iron marble-top console was originally a balcony railing and has now been cleverly repurposed to create a singularly spectacular console which promises to...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Carrara Marble, Iron, Wrought Iron

French 19th Century Napoleon III Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Wall Clock
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This 19th century clock is stunning with its diamond shaped rippling clock frame of ebony painted wood. Mother-of-pearl floral and foliate designs are inlaid in differently stained m...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Hardwood, Mahogany, Porcelain, Mother-of-Pearl

Pair of Napoleon III Candlesticks
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
A pair of Napoleon III candlesticks gilt bronze and Champleve enamel Origin France 19th century 1860 perfect condition. The Napoleon III style had its...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

Napoleon III Golden Bronze and Dark Green Lacquer Twelve-Light Chandelier
Located in IT
Napoleon III golden bronze and dark green lacquer twelve-light chandelier Chandelier from France from Napoleon III late 19th century period. The chandelier features 12-light. The...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

French Napoléon III Carved Walnut Long Case Clock with Brass Farming Scene
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Napoléon III period carved walnut antique long case clock from the mid-19th century, with bonnet top, farming scene and scrolling motifs. Create...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Bronze D' Ore and Crystal Chandelier
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique 19th century French Napoleon III bronze d' ore and crystal chandelier.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze

Napoleon III Chandelier in Bronze with Six-Light Arms
Located in Paris, FR
Nice chandelier in finely worked bronze, Napoleon III period. Six-light arms fitted with "Grand Siècle" candles and one more light in the central cassolette. Finely chiseled chains...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Napoleon Cast Iron Urns
Located in Washington, DC
A pair of Napoleon cast iron urns.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Iron

French D'ore Gilt and Patinated Bronze Nine-Light Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
Wonderful chateau quality d'ore gilt and patinated bronze 9 light chandelier. Provenance : Andrew Hall estate, Southport, CT.
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1810s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

19th Century in the Style of Classicism Napoleon III Onyx Column
Located in Berlin, DE
The high-quality, chased, fire-gilt bronze are distinctive and of exceptionally good quality. Onyx marble with gray-white grain. Square plinth with balustrade shaped column base with...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Onyx, Bronze

Napoleon III Kingwood Freestanding Open Bookcase
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A Napoleon III kingwood freestanding open bookcase, of oval form with four angled, fluted pilasters, the top and three shelves covered with tooled green leather, applied with moulded...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Kingwood

Very Large 19th Century Clock Garniture
By Napoléon III
Located in London, GB
A wonderful garniture in marble and ormolu, the central clock face engraved in ormolu and surrounded by enameled numerals. The clock is adorned by two amorous ormolu figures of an an...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

Napoleon III Set of Four Oak Embossed Leather Covered Chairs w/ Brass Tacks
Located in Savannah, GA
This handsome set of four petite Napoleon III French oak chairs feature embossed leather backs and seats framed in a myriad of brass tacks. The worn leather adds to the charm of thi...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

French Empire Napoleon III Double Flip-top Work Table with Compartments
Located in Savannah, GA
This handsome Napoleon III slightly rectangular mahogany side table with two flip tops doubles as a work or utility table with another curved shelf at the bottom. The inside features...
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1850s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Mahogany

French Female bust”, terracotta, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Neoclassical
Located in Valladolid, ES
One of a kind female bust in terracotta, signed A. Carrier on the back. Seated on a wooden base we find this delicate bust of a young woman, with sweet and delicate features. With h...
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1860s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Terracotta, Wood

19th Century French Colonial Glass Cave à Liqueur Tantalus
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
A fabulous French 19th century colonial, ormolu and bevelled glass cave à liqueur. The decorative case has bevelled glass panels on all sides and top, raised on 4 legs with sculpture...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Metal

French Bed Headboards in golden bronze Bed Frame
Located in Valladolid, ES
Beautiful French bed headboards in gilt bronze, Napoleon III. Measurements 140 cm tall and 134 cm the other, 7 cm wide and 95 cm wide both, they are headboards to hang on the wall, ...
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1890s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

19th Century Napoleon III Credenzas Kingwood Marquetry signed Maison Forest
Located in Roma, RM
A Fantastic Maison Forest cabinet, signed with stamp on the back, great quality cabinet embellished with very classy bronzes and an inlay worthy of Maison Forest. Furniture that woul...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Antique Dutch Napoleon III Log Basket, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century Dutch Napoleon III firewood basket holder. The log holder is made copper. Also called 'Frisian nail bucket'. Was used for the transport o...
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19th Century Dutch Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Copper

Rare French Ormolu and Diamond-Cut Crystal Figural Inkwell Encrier by Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
A rare French Ormolu and diamond-cut crystal figural inkwell Encrier by Baccarat, circa 1875. Depicting a cherub with books, with the finest ormolu mounts, this exquisite jewel...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Napoleon III Fire Grate, Fireplace Grate, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III fireplace grate made of wrought iron. The basket is in a good condition and is fully functional. Width at front is 56 cm (22.0 inches).
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Table Box Sterling Silver Striped Paillons in pure Gold and flowers Salimbeni
Located in Firenze, FI
Round table box in 925/1000 sterling silver gold plated with fired enamels, with “paillons” in pure gold on the upper circle, fine floral miniature fired enamelled by the painter Ren...
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1960s Italian Vintage Napoleon III Furniture

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Gold Plate, Sterling Silver, Enamel, Gold

19th Century French Napoleon III Clockwork Roasting Jack
Located in Amerongen, NL
Functional and beautiful 19th century French Napoleon III roasting jack made of cast iron, wrought iron, brass and copper. It is used for cooking in a kitchen fireplace. The set cons...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Copper, Iron, Wrought Iron

Silvered Metal and Pietra Dura Table Planter
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A rare silvered metal desk or tabletop planter inlaid with 12 framed Pietra Dura panels of inlaid colorful flowers on a black base, complete with its ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Metal

Two Napoleon III Caned Beech Chairs, French, Late 19th Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
Two french chairs Napoleon III, made circa 1880. Beech and cane in faux-bambou style. Antique, late 19th century. Sound and solid. Shipping: L42 / H 89 / P 55 cm 13 kg.
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Cane, Beech

Pair of Antique Napoleon III Baccarat Crystal Square Decanters
Located in Vilnius, LT
Pair of antique French Napoleon III Baccarat crystal square decanters with hand painted gold decor. Very good antique condition.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Crystal

Oakwood Henry Deux Couch Table from France, circa 1880
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Couch table from the time of Henry Deux, circa 1880 from France in solid oakwood. In very good restored condition. Very nice low table, good proportions.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Oak

French Bronze Napoleon III Period Andirons
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of andirons from France made of finely cast bronze.
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

Pair 19th Century Bronze French Napoleon III Period Oil Lantern Table Lamps
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair 19th Century Bronze French Napoleon III Period Oil Lanterns converted to Table Lamps will make the perfect finishing touch to any room! Nothing adds ambiance like antique light...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Bronze

Dinner set limoges porcelain by Theodore Haviland
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Execptional dinner set limoges porcelain bear the mark of haviland and retail by MAISON EMILE BOURGEOIS , grand depot 21 rue drouot a Paris he sell on...
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Early 1900s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Porcelain

19th Century French Napoleon III Fireplace Toolset
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Napoleon III period fireplace tool set. The tool set consists of tongs, shovel and stand. The tools are made of wrought iron and the stand of brass. The set is in...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Large 19th Century French Napoleon III Fireplace Toolset
Located in Amerongen, NL
Large 19th century French Napoleon III period fireplace tool set. The tool set consists of tongs, shovel and stand. The tools and stand are made of wrought iron, cast iron and brass....
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Iron, Wrought Iron

19th Century Monumental Carved Walnut Mirrored French Buffet by Guéret Frères
Located in Baambrugge, NL
An important and monumental-sized carved Walnut mirrored French buffet by Guéret Frères, Rue Lafayette 216, Paris. Napoleon III style, between 1870 and 1877. Renowned for their exqu...
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1870s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Napoleon III Period French Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Grand mirror, French, from the Napoleon III period. The frame, of hand carved wood, features a rich decor of Acanthus leaves delicately hand carved. The 24 carat gold leafing covers ...
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1880s French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Worked and decorated ceramic plate, Capodimonte, 19th-20th century
Located in Monza, IT
Refined ceramic plate, Capodimonte manufacture, branded. The plate is worked in relief and painted by hand, it has a white base, golden decoration with floral motifs in the center an...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Ceramic

Large Antique French Fireplace Tongs, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Large 19th century French Napoleon III fireplace tongs made of wrought iron. The handle is decorated with brass. The fire tongs are in a good condition and are fully functional.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Large 19th Century French Napoleon III Fireplace Toolset
Located in Amerongen, NL
Large 19th century French Napoleon III period fireplace tool set. The tool set consists of tongs and shovel. The tools are made of wrought iron with brass handles. The set is in a go...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Large Antique French Fireplace Tongs, 19th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Large 19th century French Napoleon III fireplace tongs made of wrought iron. The handles are made of brass. The fire tongs are in a good condition and are fully functional.
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass, Wrought Iron

19th Century Carved Conversation Borne Settee Tête-à-tête
Located in Culver City, CA
Step into the enchanting world of opulence with this exquisite Borne Settee, a resplendent blend of timeless elegance and whimsical charm. Upholstered in the finest white button tuft...
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1860s European Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Hardwood

Theodore Alexander Napoleon III Mahogany Scoop Back Green Leather Bar Stool
Located in Dayton, OH
An Evening At Ease by Theodore Alexander. Inspired by Napoleon III and Louis XV styling. Features a hand carved mahogany scoop back, a padded green leather upholstered seat, with s...
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Late 20th Century Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

French Napoleon III Style Fire Grate, Fireplace Grate, 19th - 20th Century
Located in Amerongen, NL
Late 19th or early 20th century French Napoleon III style fireplace grate. It is made of wrought iron. The basket is in a good condition and is fully functional.
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III Furniture

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Wrought Iron

French Napoleon III Style 'The Hunter' Fireback / Backsplash
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Napoleon III style fireback with a hunter. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter at no ext...
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20th Century French Napoleon III Furniture

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Iron

3 Theodore Alexander Napoleon III Mahogany Scoop Back Red Leather Bar Stool
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of 3 An Evening At Ease by Theodore Alexander. Inspired by Napoleon III and Louis XV styling. Features a hand carved mahogany scoop back, a padded red leather upholstered seat,...
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Late 20th Century Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

4 Theodore Alexander Napoleon III Mahogany Scoop Back Brown Leather Bar Stool
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of 4 An Evening At Ease by Theodore Alexander. Inspired by Napoleon III and Louis XV styling. Features a hand carved mahogany scoop back, a padded brown leather upholstered sea...
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Late 20th Century Napoleon III Furniture

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Brass

Bronze Sculpture of two Dogs Playing on a Marble Base, Napoleon II Period.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bronze sculpture of two dogs playing on a marble base, 19th century, Napoleon III period. A 19th century Napoleon III period bronze sculpture of two dogs playing, green patina bronz...
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19th Century French Antique Napoleon III Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Napoleon Iii furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Napoleon III 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 decorative objects, building and garden elements, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Napoleon III 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 Europa Antiques, Baccarat, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, and Ferdinand Barbedienne. 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 $49 and tops out at $2,500,000 while the average work can sell for $3,313.

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