Between Luxury and the Everyday

Scott, Katie
Cherry, Deborah
Date published: 
September 2005

This exciting new collection of essays by leading scholars redefines the study of the decorative arts in eighteenth-century France. Moving between broader accounts of the impact of Enlightenment philosophy in shaping an understanding of the 'decorative arts' and case studies of silks, furniture and architecture, it illuminates the material worlds of consumers from the extravagance of the court to the more modest tastes of middle-class families. Working with new theories of the body and of space the book offers a new vision of the interior and its centrality to French culture. Alive to the everyday pleasures found in objects, furnishings and dress, this collection links the material world to political and social life and reflects upon change and continuity across the century from Absolutism to Revolution.