Empire picture frames were for the first time produced in early 19th century in France. They are part of the major art movement called Empire style that developped during the French Empire periods under Napoleon. The prevoius stle was Neoclassicism which share in common with Empire style much of the same kind of decorations and ornaments. The style was created under the concept to idealize and surround with power France and its Emperor Napoleon.
Before Empire picture frames Neocalssical frames were the protagonist of the scene. The most evident difference between the two kind of style frames is given from the finishing of the wood. During Neclassicism craftmen used very much white lacquer to paint and decorate frames and furniture. During the Empire style they use wood in its natural color therefore use just a bit of shellack to make wood appear brighter and more red.
While Empire frames are finished in gold ornaments and flat surfaces on brigth red wood, Neoclassical picture frames are finished in gold ornaments and white flat surfaces. The decorations instead are pretty much the same. Shapes change a bit as well because Neoclassical recall a little bit more the Renaissance art while Empire picture Frames has their own very typical forms.
Empire Picture Frames have a very typical shape that make them very much recognaizeble between the huge varity of antique picture frames. You can see the typical shape on top of this page watching our model #047. That is a fine reproduction of Empire picture frame that Laboratorio Federici realize usually for early 19th century paintings. Cliccking on the picture above you will reach a page with all the details of the frame including a profile sketch showing the secific form we mean to point out.
Our reproduction #047 is probably the most common Empire frame available in the market of antique frames. Between 1800 and 1815 there was been a massive production of them to frame very important Empire paintings. So the France state, during the first French Empire, emphasized its own strength using majestic paintings. Many of them representing Napoleon in its own power.
In the global market are now available plenty of Empire Picture Frames. Because they are quite recent and because there was been a massive production of them they’re easy to find. A rising bourgeoisie class used to buy paintings because they had the need to show their own strengthening. This could be the major cause of the massive production of Empire frames.
Even if Empire Picture Frames are easy to find it is not easy at all to find an original Empire picture frame perfect for your painting. You can cut an Empire frame. It’s easy to do. With its almost smooth and curve surface it’s not too difficult to recreate the right size for an antique painting. But we think it’s not a good practise to cut an original frame. We rather advice our customers to order a fine Reproduction of Empire picture frame made with particular care.
We ship our frames to customers using particular care in our packages. We utilize white cardboard to pack them with a special sistem that protect very much the frame, even for very long trip. Worldwide Shipping service is available by using DHL Express which is a service that include always an ensurance against damages. SEE our policy about damages in the FAQ’s section of the website.
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You can calculate the price of every Empire Picture frame just by cliccking on the “Calculate Price” button that present in any product page. You can check the prices of the whole collection to know which price is best for you without even write any email. In addition, before calculate prices, you can check the price for each meter to select the more expensive or the most affordable.
This methos gives you the opportunity of going through the process of purchaising with much easynes than ask for every single price. So now BUY one of our Empire Picture Frames in total trust!