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Taste and Power

Furnishing Modern France

Leora Auslander (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 526 pages
ISBN: 9780520213654
April 1998
$38.95, £32.95
Louis XIV, regency, rococo, neoclassical, empire, art nouveau, and historicist pastiche: furniture styles march across French history as regimes rise and fall. In this extraordinary social history, Leora Auslander explores the changing meaning of furniture from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth century, revealing how the aesthetics of everyday life were as integral to political events as to economic and social transformations. Enriched by Auslander's experience as a cabinetmaker, this work demonstrates how furniture served to represent and even generate its makers' and consumers' identities.
Leora Auslander is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago.

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