American Empire style achieved its peak popularity in the early 19th century, but its offerings still remain as a central fixtures in the annals of American furniture. American furniture maker Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) is largely credited with popularising the American Empire style.
Common characteristics of this form of furniture include intricate carvings, clawed feet, and twisting columns. Empire furnishings with their undulating scrolls balancing heavy geometric shapes, complemented the Greek Revival architecture of the period. The ornament was carved in high relief.
While this style was going strong in France even earlier, and the English had Regency designs of the same influence, Empire designs didn’t really take hold in the United States until about 1815 when this piece was made. This was a continuation of earlier neoclassical styles like Hepplewhite and Sheraton, but with much stronger influences in terms of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian ornamentation. All the way through the mid-19th century, the Empire look was in fashion in America.
A perfect sofa for romantics, to cuddle up to your favoured human or perhaps just your favoured book.