The gendered power of porcelain among early modern European dynasties

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Broomhall, Susan and Van Gent, Jacqueline 2017. The gendered power of porcelain among early modern European dynasties. in: J. Daybell and S. Norrhem (ed.) Gender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800 London: Routledge. pp. 49 - 67
AuthorsBroomhall, Susan and Van Gent, Jacqueline
EditorsJ. Daybell and S. Norrhem
Abstract

[Extract] This chapter analyses how porcelain became a tool of power for early modern women and men, in specific and distinct ways, over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We explore porcelain’s trajectory as a gendered political tool as it was displayed, exchanged and maintained by elite dynasties, particularly those connected with the House of Orange-Nassau, and as it was adopted by other ruling families to convey messages of power. 1 We argue that neither men nor women were passive consumers of such material objects but instead used porcelain to make and display power and to perform political work.

Keywordsporcelain; power; politics; women
Page range49 - 67
Year2017
Book titleGender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781315542188
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315542188
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85022055793
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
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