This style covers a broad period from 1798 to 1804, and is also known as the “Messidor style”. The Revolution and the Le Chapelier law having close down all the corporations and their restrictive ruling, everyone could henceforth establish their own business and produce artistic creations without constraints. Paradoxically, very few new items appeared, and furniture production during these years seemed to copy Neoclassical style and Louis XVI style creations. However, we can notice a new repetitive decorative feature, the carved out diamond, which is often inserted with a round palmetto.
It was a period of manners, some a bit too austere. The consequence on artistic production can be seen through the inspiration of Greek-Roman Antiquity, which focused on geometric lines.
Under the Consulat (the coup of 9th November 1799), the first consul Napoléon Bonaparte tried to dictate his conditions regarding the arts and their production.
If the Directoire style continued to use Antiquity inspired elements, some new items would have appeared search as hocked legs for furniture. In reality, we see the first steps of the Empire style, especially after the Egyptian campaign. Following Egypt's return, a number of furniture items with a new and graceful decor appeared, but there was a limited production of these items. The furniture produced by Madame Récamier is a beautiful example.
The use of mahogany, wood or veneer, dominated, still admirably used by the Jacob brothers. People at this time also used other materials such as polished steel or iron.
The manufacturing companies of porcelain in Sèvres and Paris are very active, and use pastel colours of blues, greens, pinks, reds and gold.