French, Late 19th Century, Empire Style Porcelain Tea Set
The Empire style, an early-nineteenth-century movement in decorative arts, flourished between 1800 and 1815 during the Consulate and the First French Empire. From France, it spread into much of Europe and the United States. The art was meant to serve the regime and reflect the power and glory of France under the Napoleon I. The emperor himself visited numerous porcelain and furniture workshops, encouraging the workers to increase the production and contribute to the country.
After Napoleon lost power, the Empire style was in fashion for many decades and was revived twice, in the last half of the 19th century and again in the 1980s.
The Empire style furniture was inspired by the Roman style, symmetrical, elegant and massive. Indoors were meant to represent majesty and grandeur. Choice of materials and ornaments combined subtlety, elegance with power and strength. Great artisans successfully blend those opposites creating a perfect balance, meant to reflect ideal and enlightened society.
To this day, homes decorated in French Empire Style strike as elegant and royal, bringing the greatness into interiors.