Broomhall, S. & Van Gent, J. (2017). The gendered power of porcelain among early modern European dynasties. J. Daybell, S. Norrhem. Gender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800 49-67. London: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315542188
[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.
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