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Style Files: Empire Style

The early 19th century Empire style is the second phase of Neoclassicism focused on architecture, design, visual arts and decorative arts. The style originated in France and spread through the rest of Europe before reaching the United States around 1830. Empire style takes it name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire where it was created to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. Similar styles include the Biedermeier style in the German, the Federal style in the United States, and the Regency style in Britain. Previously, in France, this style was known as Louis XVI made popular before the French Revolution. Continue reading