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Pair of chairs
When one thinks of the Second Empire style, also known as the Napoleon III style, one immediately imagines chairs with deep red velvet upholstery like a theatre curtain and blackened wood with gold highlights.
This is exactly what I am offering you with this delicate pair of elegant chairs dating from circa 1860.
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.