Empire style

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30.11.2019

The origins of the royal style

The Empire style or the so-called “Style of the Empire” originated at the beginning of the 19th century in France during the reign of Napoleon I and was the culmination of the development of classicism. For thirty years of active development, many architectural monuments, sculptural compositions and other works of art in many European countries have been made in this style.

Unlike its predecessors, it absorbed to the maximum all the luxury and royal grandeur, monumentality, richness of decoration and attributes of the military theme of Ancient Rome. But despite all the solemnity and splendor, the Napoleonic Empire was cold and cruel.

Features of the imperial style

A distinctive feature in interior design and architecture is its inherent

theatricality
in the creative concept – symmetry and parallelism,
Columns and stucco moldings, pilasters, reproductions of ancient mythological gods and animals must have been present.

Artistic forging in the Empire style

Forged products in this period are also in great demand. But due to the tendency of this style to massiveness and linearity of sculptures, as well as monumental decorative elements, the casting technique was preferred. Straight smooth rods are used in metal structures, and geometric shapes prevail in the ornament pattern. Blacksmith’s products are strict and simple, here meanders smoothly intertwine with plant elements, and the main motifs are Roman ornaments, spear-shaped endings, mascarons and wreaths of glory.

Empire in Russia

Alexander I acquaints our country with the Empire, but it fully developed during the time of Nicholas I, therefore it acquired the name “Nikolaev Empire”, later it was divided into Petersburg and Moscow. Among the famous architects of that era were Andreyan Zakharov, Osip Bove, Carl Rossi, Andrei Voronikhin, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, erected by the French architect Henri Louis Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, who later became the founder of the Russian Empire style, is considered one of the brightest architectural buildings of this style.
Under the Soviet Union, it also retained its popularity, for which it became known as the Stalinist Empire style.

Today, many homeowners also prefer imperial-style wrought iron, and this is an excellent choice! Such a forged fence, due to its impressiveness and consistency with patterns of antiquity, will emphasize the consistency and refined taste of the owner.

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