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Symbols of Power : Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815 / by Odile Nouvel-Kammerer ; Essays by Anne Dion-Tenenbaum . [Et Al. ] ; Entries by Sabrina Abron . [Et Al. ]

Nouvel-Kammerer, Odile

ISBN 10: 0810992957 / ISBN 13: 9780810992955
Published by New York : American Federation of the Arts : Abrams ; Paris : Musee Des Arts Decoratifs, 2007
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A landmark in the history of the decorative arts and an essential reference, "Symbols of Power" is a comprehensive look at Napoleons majestic Empire Style. No ruler in the history of the world has been more aware of the capacity of symbolism to propagate power than Napoleon I; and to support his new vision he sponsored a program of arts that proclaimed France the New Rome. Superb photographs, many taken expressly for this volume, exhibit gorgeous objects decorated with a wealth of antique motifscolumns, arches, laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, eagles, Egyptian hieroglyphscreated by master French furniture-makers, silversmiths, jewelers, and porcelain and textile manufacturers. Figures of Fame and Victory abound, and furniture, vases, porcelains, and even silverware display an antique style that projects the aura of imperial majesty. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 351 pages; Description: 351 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm. Catalog of an exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum, June 16-Sept. 16, 2007; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 21, 2007-Jan. 27, 2008; and the Muse e des arts de coratifs, Paris, Apr. 2-Oct. 5, 2008. Includes bibliographical references and index. Subjects: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French (1769-1821) --Art patronage --Decoration and ornament --France --Empire style --Decorative arts --History --19th century --Exhibitions 3 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 156122

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Title: Symbols of Power : Napoleon and the Art of ...

Publisher: New York : American Federation of the Arts : Abrams ; Paris : Musee Des Arts Decoratifs

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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When Napoleon I first came to power in 1799, in order to glorify his regime, he encouraged French furniture-makers, silversmiths, jewelers and porcelain and textile manufacturers to produce gorgeous objects, which were produced in antique styles. This manner came to be known as the Empire Style. This book is a compendium of the Empire Style.

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When Napoleon I first came to power in 1799 as First Consul of France, he modeled his new regime on the Roman Republic. When he was declared Emperor in 1804, the model changed from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. As part of this new government, Napoleon sponsored a program of arts that reflected his view of France as the New Rome. No ruler in the history of the world has been more aware of the capacity of symbolism to propagate power. But, despite his titanic military and political prowess, his most long-lasting and influential achievement was in the decorative arts. To glorify his regime, he encouraged French furniture-makers, silversmiths, jewelers and porcelain and textile manufacturers to produce gorgeous objects decorated with a wealth of antique motifs such as columns, arches, laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, eagles and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Furniture, vases, porcelains and even silverware were produced in antique styles intended to project an aura of imperial majesty, featuring a rare combination of austere forms and opulent materials. This is the manner that came to be known as the Empire Style.

This is a remarkable book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Musee des Art Decoratifs in Paris, and is comprehensive compendium of the Empire Style in all its glory. Lavishly illustrated with superb photographs, many taken expressly for this book, it will be a landmark in the library of the history of the decorative arts and an essential reference for lovers of wonderful objects everywhere.

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