The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

From 1570 – 1620 one can chart the ‘Elizabethan building boom’[1]. Here, we see an unprecedented rise in the building of ‘proud, ambitious heaps’[2] and the beginnings of the ‘architect’ as an entity in the cultural, economic and social landscape. Architectural historian Sir John Summerson credits ‘the most daring of all English buildings’[3] as the … Continue reading The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

Displaying Porcelain in the 17th and 18th Centuries

The porcelain displays of William and Mary were prevalent on a lesser scale (in terms of grandeur, moving on from the baroque palace) in the Dutch interior of the 17th century where Chinese pieces were a desirable luxury and a popular commodity among the affluent [1]. Here, choice examples of an eclectic variety (vases, bowls, … Continue reading Displaying Porcelain in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Tastes and Collecting: Augustus II & The Japanese Palace

Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland greatly patronised the decorative arts as a matter of kingly acquisitions and the cultural flourishing of Dresden. Here, his investment across various residences was in accord with the extravagance of Baroque court life and a symbol of power. Augustus the Strong's establishment of the exquisitely gilded Green … Continue reading Tastes and Collecting: Augustus II & The Japanese Palace

Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Please note: This article follows on from part 1 (Mid-17th Century Amsterdam) and part 2 (Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century) of my written web series on Dutch Dollhouse Culture. At this time, hobbies for women related to material culture, consumption and domesticity so, textiles, shopping, ladylike activity, charity work and the running of a … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century