A decoration that is strongly influenced by the language of the First Empire style. However, luxury is more pronounced tending toward a miscellaneous pastiche of forms. A restrained linearity of form is allied to decorative elements such as rosettes, swirls and plants.
DECORATIONS ARE SIGNIFICANT, CLEAR AND DEFINED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR BALANCE AND MEASURE.
THE PLATE DESIGN IS MARKED BY SIMPLICITY AND CLARITY. A RESTRAINED LINEARITY CONTROLS AND HIGHLIGHTS THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.
THE DETAILS ARE SIMILAR TO THE LUXURIOUS STYLE OF LOUIS XVI BUT MORE MINIMAL.
Given the spread of numerous French elements, the style takes its name from Napoleon III, the emperor from 1852 to 1870, who restored the Napoleonic empire.
Opera Garnier, Paris
The Old Executive Office
Building, Washington, D.C.
Boulevard Hausmann, Paris
The detailsPavillon Sully, Louvre Palace