Superbly tasteful, the Imperial collection traces its classical roots to the Portuguese aristocracy. In Brazil, the style is called “Manoelina,” and can be found in the grand palaces of Rio and Sao Paulo. Intricately hand carved with sophisticated details, such as incredibly lavish spiral legs and elaborated leather tooling, it is turn-of-the-century refinement with a whiff of the exotic. Fashioned from rare, antique Brazilian hardwood, its Oriental features include mystical dragons and fortuitous ball and claw feet.
The Imperial style represents gracious living. At home in a traditional setting, the collection is equally impressive in more sparse and contemporary ones, where its eloquent grandeur can be savored as works of art. It mixes well with Empire, Victorian, and Chippendale.
DYK? Napoleon forced the Portuguese royal family to flee to Brazil in 1808, and the colony became the seat of the Portuguese empire, until the Emperor’s son declared Brazil independent in 1822.