Not far from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, one can find Magazine Street located slightly outside the elegant and lush boundaries of the Garden District. There a magnificent haven of historical homes converted into enchanting shops – stocked with storied European antiques arranged in inspiring vignettes – welcome interior designers, antiques lovers, decorating divas and design tourists.
One of those enchanting shops is Empire Antiques which specializes in 17th, 18th and 19th century European antiques with a concentration on French and Italian pieces. Nancy Napoli, the shop’s co-owner, travels to Europe extensively to discover and buy splendid artwork, furnishings, decorations,serverware/dinnerware, and even a few unexpected treasures including luxurious vintage Hermes scarves that she artistically displays fashionably flowing out of 19th century porcelain vessels.
Empire Antiques’ Photo Tour
19th century Louis XV style bergere armchairs painted in robin’s egg blue with glided accents and upholstered in a resplendent pale yellow damask. Early 1900s Italian Belle Epoch painted coffee table with marble top.
Antique Guerlain perfume bottles with perfectly preserved labels serve as decorative accents.
Neoclassic porcelain servjngware with figurine base (one of three from table centerpiece collection). Circa 1810, Paris, France.
Majolica charger with vibrant details.
19th century bronze elephant and glass liquor stand.
Vintage Hermes scarf sporting an equestrian motif in pink and taupe color combination.
Contemporary Pruona platinum dinnerware atop a distressed rectory table.
19th century Italian canape/settee with gilded details and red silk covered seat.
Intricate scroll ironwork chandelier.
Treasure filled room with antiques and art from Italy and France.
Antique French gilded porcelain centerpiece.
Ornate antique upholstered headboard.
One of the rooms at Empire Antiques brimming with statues, tapestries, Venetian mirrors, and French furniture.
Detail of antique architectural element boasting a coat of arms in the center.
Painted tole torchiere.
19th century French painted tole tray – signed “Sougue” – 1884 .
Religious statue stands guard in front of a handpainted decorative door panel.
19th century tole planter with Chinoiserie scene.