"a pair of marble-topped Empire tables"
Napoleon I's bedroom at Grand Trianon, Versailles
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNapoleon I's Empire-style bedroom at Grand Trianon, Versailles - Credit: Kallgan

 Empire is the name given to the architectural and decorative arts style which superseded the Louis Seize style (see bookmark for p.72), and the Directoire style (see bookmark for p.108).

It originated in France during Napoleon I's period as Emperor, which began in 1804. Subsequently, the style became popular in other parts of Europe and America, and remained in vogue until about 1830. The Empire style is sometimes referred to as the second phase of Neoclassicism, as it drew on motifs derived from the art and architecture of  Imperial Rome.

Empire style at the Château de Compiègne, France
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEmpire style at the Château de Compiègne, France - Credit: Andreas Praefcke