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In The Place Vendome, Rochelle Ziskin explores the sociological foundations of domestic design in eighteenth-century France, the acknowledged leader of domestic architecture in this period. Focusing on the Place Vendome, which was developed by the financiers of Paris, she examines the representational strategies and dilemmas of French elites, which were crucial to the formation of a French mode of design. These strategies are illuminated through a study of the socially mobile households of financiers, with their evolving but ambiguous social status. Through analyses of social distinctions and ambitions, Ziskin explores the manner in which the dwellings of the Place Vendome embodied beliefs about the nature of society, the appropriate relations among social groups, as well as those between men and women, parents and children, and masters and domestics. This study also includes a wide range of illustrated material that is published here for the first time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521592598
ISBN-10: 0521592593
Format: Hardback
(253mm x 177mm x 14mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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