Neo-Classical Gem – Empire Style Decorative Grille
The Empire Style was the second phase of Neo-Classicism which replaced the thicker and highly ornamental style of the Louis XIV period. The style started when King Louis XV financed the archeological excavations of Pompeii and unearthed the Roman cities destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The archeologists noticed that the classical ornament was more delicate and refined and it was given the new name of Neo-Classical, or new classic.
The Empire style paid tribute to the Greek Empire by adopting the highly stylized palm tree fronds or Palmette. This motif was first employed by Alexander the Great after he conquered Egypt in 332BC. The Egg and Dart molding we chose for the frame is symbolic of the “mechanics of victory” of the period. It also draws from the Roman Empire as well with the Roman arch. This architectural feature was not invented by the Romans but was utilized by them in building aqueducts, bridges and basilicas. The Empire style is a masculine, regimental style based on order and symmetry.
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- Total size 10″ x 16″ x .4″
- Frame width 1-5/16″
- Available in 14 finishes