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Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us about the European and American Past
     

Furnishing the Eighteenth Century: What Furniture Can Tell Us about the European and American Past

by Dena Goodman, Kathryn Norberg
 

ISBN-10: 0415884799

ISBN-13: 9780415884792

Pub. Date: 07/15/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Furnishing the Eighteenth Century provides an illuminating, interdisciplinary look into European and American furniture during the century that connoisseurs and collectors consider its golden age. Lavishly illustrated, this lively collection of essays by historians, art historians, and literary scholars examines the ways furniture of this period reflects

Overview

Furnishing the Eighteenth Century provides an illuminating, interdisciplinary look into European and American furniture during the century that connoisseurs and collectors consider its golden age. Lavishly illustrated, this lively collection of essays by historians, art historians, and literary scholars examines the ways furniture of this period reflects the global contacts and social rituals developed in eighteenth-century Europe and America. Drawing on literature, painting, account books and death inventories, this diverse compilation explores how and why eighteenth-century men and women on both sides of the Atlantic purchased and used furniture. Ultimately, these essays make the past come alive, showing us what made desks, tables and chairs deeply meaningful in their own time and historically informative today.

Contributors: Donna Bohanan, Natacha Coquery, Madeleine Dobie, Dena Goodman, Mimi Hellman, David Jaffee, Ann Smart Martin, Kathryn Norberg, Chaela Pastore, David Porter, Mary Salzman, Carolyn Sargentson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415884792
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
0.70(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Dena Goodman and Kathryn Norberg

Part 1: Mapping Meaning Globally

1. Orientalism, Colonialism, and Furniture in Eighteenth-Century France

Madeleine Dobie, Columbia University

2. Luxury Markets in Saint Domingue: Mahogany as a Case Study

Chaela Pastore, California State University, San Marcos

3. "A Wanton Chase in a Foreign Place": Hogarth and the Gendering of Exoticism in the Eighteenth-Century Interior

David Porter, University of Michigan

Part 2: Diffusion

4. Fashion, Business, Diffusion: An Upholsterer’s Shop in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Translated by Kathryn Norberg & Dena Goodman

Natacha Coquery, Université de Tours

5. Sideboards, Side Chairs, and Globes: Changing Modes of Furnishing Provincial Culture in the Early Republic, 1790-1820

David Jaffee, University of North Florida

Part 3: Social Meaning and Social Power

6. Color Schemes and Decorative Tastes in the Noble Houses of Seventeenth-Century Dauphiné

Donna Bohanon, Auburn University

7. Tea Tables Overturned: Rituals of Power and Place in Colonial America

Ann Smart Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

8. Goddess of Taste: Courtesans and their Furniture in the Late Eighteenth Century

Kathryn Norberg

9. Decoration and Enlightened Spectatorship

Mary Salzman, Stanford University

Part 4: Hidden Meanings: Psychology and Security

10. The Joy of Sets: The Uses of Seriality in the French Interior

Mimi Hellman, Skidmore College

11. The Secretaire and the Integration of the Eighteenth-Century Self

Dena Goodman

12. Looking at Furniture Inside Out: Strategies for Concealment and Secrecy in Eighteenth-Century French Furniture

Carolyn Sargentson, Victoria and Albert Museum

Notes on Contributors

Index

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