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This elegant Empire style chest of drawers was crafted around 1810 when Napoleon reigned in France. It is decorated with bronzes representing heads of sphinxes. Indeed, the craftsmen were invited to symbolize the imperial power.To do this, they took Egyptian or Greco-Roman motifs and adapted them to the furniture. Egyptian-inspired motifs were particularly fashionable after Napoleon's expedition to Egypt when he was still General Bonaparte.

Style

Empire

Period

Circa 1810

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Style Empire: 


The First French Empire is a period marked by the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte from 1804 to 1815.


The craftsmen were invited to create majestic works to symbolise imperial power.  For this purpose, they took up Egyptian or Greco-Roman motifs and adapted them to furniture.

To these are added imperial and warlike motifs. These include the crown, the imperial eagle, the bee, the star, the spear...

Mahogany, walnut, maple, elm and ash are representative woods of this style.


Dimensions: 


Height:  83 cm

Depth: 60  cm 

Length:  127 cm

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