French art has ever been a prominent feature in the commerce of that great nation, and there are many connoisseurs of art in this country who delight in the curios and antiques which have been made in France, and collectors search Parisian shops for examples of the furniture made by the ébénistes of that country. The art treasures of the palaces of the early French kings and the museums which now contain so many fine examples of cabinet work, also include French furniture made during the Napoleonic period. Much of that furniture has found its way into Great Britain. The later styles, when the antique was giving way to the modern furniture of the present day, was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and at exhibitions of art which have been held in Paris there have been many fine examples showing the influence of those days when Napoleon III. ruled in the Empire of France, and connoisseurs know full well that although France is a Republic again art is still prominent in that country.
( Originally Published Early 1900's )