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The Place Vendôme
Architecture and Social Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Paris


  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521592598

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  • In The Place Vendôme, 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 Vendôme, which was developed by the financiers of Paris, she examines the representational strategies and dilemmas of French élites, 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 Vendôme 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.

    • Major site, but no architectural monograph in English or French
    • Interdisciplinary interest to art historians, architects and social historians
    • 18th-century French plans published here for the first time, of interest to architects
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521592598
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 120 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Louis XIV's Parisian place royale reconceived
    2. Sociological representation and gendered realms
    3. Typology at the Place Vendôme
    4. The Regency and its aftermath
    5. 'Not at all Monsieur Jourdain...'
    6. Mobility, adaptation, and reconstruction
    7. Collecting, the Caisse and the Boudoir: the Place Vendôme at the end of the Old Regime
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Rochelle Ziskin, University of Missouri, Kansas City

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