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Related to Second Empire: Second Empire architecture
A heavily ornate style of furniture, architecture, and decoration that was developed in France in the middle of the 1800s.
[After Second Empire, the reign of Napoleon III, the next empire after that of Napoleon I.]
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1. (Historical Terms)
a. the imperial government of France under Napoleon III
b. the period during which this government functioned (1852–70)
2. (Furniture) the style of furniture and decoration of the Second Empire, reviving the Empire style, but with fussier ornamentation
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An ornate nineteenth-century French style.
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