The Empire Style was a style around the time period of 1804-1815. The Empire style was propaganda for the Emperor Napoléon I where he was able to present an image that sent off a message of power.
One key to empire style is a look that is noble and massive. Its imposing presence gives the appearance of being wealthy, and well to do.
Surfaces of the furniture are flat and the corners are sharp. Smaller pieces of furniture for specific purposes became more rare. Many of the Empire Chests are grand and well ornamented. Often they feature the most stunning wood veneers which attracts most people to the empire looks. The Empire style is certainly very regal and sophisticated.
This spectacular empire side table features fabulous gilt orante details mixed with the beauty of wood and marble.