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Relating to a neoclassical decorative style intermediate between the more ornate Louis XVI style and the Empire style, prevalent during the French Directory (1795–99)
- ‘They are also too dark in color, but the little Directoire chairs in my downstairs bed chamber are the greatest success of all.’
- ‘In France decoration began to change at the start of the nineteenth century from the delicacy of the Directoire style to the more vigorous interpretation of antique ornament characteristic of the Empire style.’
- ‘Following his mother's death, Auguste de Stael transformed the long gallery into the library, which today contains the books of the d' Haussonville family behind glass as well as Directoire and Empire furniture.’
Late 18th century: French, from Late Latin directorius, from director one who directs, director.
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