Egyptian / Egyptian Revival Architecture................ llustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Egyptian / Egyptian Revival Furniture


First Egyptian Revival

In 1798, Napoleon returned triumphant from his Egyptian campaign. The victory launched a program of intense scientific research, prompted by the large numbers of archaeological discoveries collected in Egypt by the throng of scholars accompanying the expedition. The worlds of fashion and the applied arts also took up the Egyptian theme, with motifs such as sphinxes, winged lions, lotus blossoms, caryatids and scarabs appearing everywhere. All over Europe, Egyptian motifs, as well as those drawn from Ancient Greece and Rome, were to become prominent features of the sumptuous Empire style of decoration.

This was a substyle of the Empire style.

Second Egyptian Revival

This revival was occasioned by Howard Carter's Egyptian Expedition in the 1920s which discovered King Tutankhamun's Tomb.

This was a substyle of the Art Deco style.

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