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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213654
ISBN-10: 0520213653
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 526
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 27-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Leora Auslander

Leora Auslander is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago.

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