Visual Representation

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Abstract / Description of output

Furniture is an artefact so what can it tell us about culture? What social, religious, political and economic factors have shaped its form and functions? How does furniture demonstrate the transformations in private and public life across time and cultures? In a work that spans 4,500 years, 70 experts chart across six volumes the changing cultural framework within which furniture was designed, produced, and used in Western Europe. Individual volume editors ensure the cohesion of the whole and, to make it as easy as possible to use, chapter titles are identical across each of the volumes. This gives the choice of reading about a specific period in one of the volumes, or following a theme across history by reading the relevant chapter in each of the six.

The six volumes cover: 1 - Antiquity (2500 BCE - 500 CE); 2 - Middle Ages and Renaissance (500 - 1500); 3 - Age of Exploration (1500 - 1700); 4 - Age of Enlightenment (1700 - 1800); 5 - Age of Empire and Industry (1800 - 1900); 6 - Modern Age (1900 - present).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume 5: A Cultural History of Furniture in the Age of Empire and Industry
Subtitle of host publicationA Cultural History of Furniture
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Print)9781472577894
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Furniture
  • furniture history
  • decorative arts
  • visual culture
  • print culture
  • cultural history
  • applied arts


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