Posted by Caroline on October 15, 1997 at 18:32:26:
In response to Empire, written by Ann on October 14, 1997 at 22:08:47
] ] American antique dealers don't use the word at all- they seem to prefer "federalist" or "Colonial" to describe what was being made at the time.
In addition to these names for the period, doesn't "Empire" also apply? as in Napoleon's empire. To this day we call high waisted dresses "Empire Line".
I have an antiques book that classifies the periods this way;
Chippendale Period 1760-1790
Federal Period 1790-1825
Empire Period 1810-1840
The Federal, is light, delicate and English-influenced.The Empire is heavier, classically inspired and definitely more Napoleonic.Regency England didn't rely too heavily on Napoleonic and French Restoration stuff: after the light classical designs they seem to have gone all oriental again.
I think, therefore, that it might be misleading to equate Empire designs with those of the Regency.
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