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Greek Revival Style, 1800-1850
Greek Revival pedestal table

Greek Revival pedestal table, mahogany, inlaid with ebony and silver, English, ca.1805

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Along with Egypt, Empire furniture plundered styles (monopodium tables, klismos chairs) and motifs (lyres, caryatids) from ancient Greece and Rome. While the Empire period lasted throughout much of the first half of the 19th century, the term Greek Revival - also known as Classicism - often refers more specifically towards the end of this period, when the furniture became heavier and less ornate - the antique influence more in the overall shape than in decoration or motifs.

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