Alexis Falize and the Eclectic Opulence of the Second Empire
With the ascension of Napoleon III in 1852, Second Empire France had a revival of court life. The stability of the new imperial regime and a buoyant economy brought exhibitions, grand balls, and stage productions to the forefront of Parisian lifestyle. An increased interest in the arts paved the way for a variety of aesthetic experimentation in the decorative arts, particularly in jewelry, giving rise to a new, opulent and eclectic style, grounded on a varied mix of revivals of historical styles.
Beltran-Rubio, Laura. “Alexis Falize and the Eclectic Opulence of the Second Empire.” Cooper Hewitt: Object of the Day. 25 August 2017. https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2017/08/25/26329/.