Napoleon III (1852-1870)
Under Naopleon III (1808-1873), furniture progresses following the needs of an expanding bourgeoisie. Designers' capacity of invention seems to have run dry and a decadent process of pastiche creation is developed. The style is therefore inspired by various historical periods, from the Ancient Greek World to Neo-Classicism and Renaissance. A strong taste for luxury and splendour favours elaborate and abundant adornments.