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How could you not fall in love with this beautiful Napoleon III style sofa? The fabric that covers it is a "toile de Jouy", a typically French fabric invented in the 18th century and made world famous by Christian Dior who made it a signature of his. The tropical forest pattern is a reinterpretation of the fashionable designs of the second half of the 19th century which loved exoticism. The restoration of this sofa, which dates from circa 1860, combines respect for the spirit of the time with modernity, making it a unique piece.
Style: Napoleon III
Nephew of Napoleon I, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was elected President of the Second Republic in 1848 before becoming Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 following a coup d'etat.
Napoleon III style is one of the most interesting even if nothing is really novel with elements borrowed from preceding styles. Based on the taste of the period, Japanese, Chinese and Oriental art brings a richness, abundance and eclecticism specific to this period.