Luxury Trades and Consumerism in Ancien Regime Paris: Studies in the History of the Skilled Workforce

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From two The Skilled Workforce in Paris, 1500-1900 conferences held in April and November 1993 in Paris and Oxford, 13 essays combine case studies of particular industries with reflections on general themes relating to the origin of luxury trades and their role in the wider economic development of France and Europe. Presented in sections on making, marketing, and consuming, they consider such aspects as mathematical instrument-making in early modern Paris, the dialogue with Lyon on the design and distribution of patterned silks in the 18th century, and clothes and their function in the 17th and 18th centuries as falling between a moral economy and a consumer economy. Four of the essays are in French. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860786641
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Publications arising from the Achievement Project
1 Les relieurs et doreurs de Paris au XVIe siecle 3
2 L'influence flamande sur l'orfevrerie parisienne au XVIe siecle 31
3 The Parisian fine binding trade in the last century of the ancien regime 43
4 Mathematical instrument-making in early modern Paris 63
5 The manufacture and marketing of luxury goods: the marchands merciers of late 17th- and 18th-century Paris 99
6 Paris-Lyon-Paris: dialogue in the design and distribution of patterned silks in the 18th century 139
7 Noel Gerard (1685-1736) et le Magasin General a l'Hotel Jabach 169
8 L'imaginaire comme support du luxe: les fetes royales de Versailles de mai 1664 191
9 Between a 'moral economy' and a 'consumer economy': clothes and their function in the 17th and 18th centuries 219
10 Fashion's empire: trade and power in early 18th-century France 231
11 Luxury trades and consumerism 257
12 Some remarks on the metiers d'art 263
13 Producers, suppliers, and consumers: reflections on the luxury trades in Paris c.1500-c.1800 287
Index 299
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