The Fash­ion­ing of Lux­ury

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Mer­chants made up one of the most pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions in 18th cen­tury Paris, play­ing a ma­jor role in the rise of the lux­ury goods in­dus­try at the time. They were atyp­i­cal, trad­ing in em­bel­lished items, ob­jects they as­sem­bled them­selves or sec­ond-hand items while main­tain­ing close con­nec­tions to the aris­toc­racy and cul­ti­vat­ing an in­ter­na­tional net­work of artists ex­er­cis­ing the finest in tech­ni­cal and artis­tic spe­cial­ties whether they came from Lyon or China. For the first time an ex­hi­bi­tion, be­ing held at the Musée Cog­nacq-Jay, is ex­plor­ing their es­sen­tial role in the dis­sem­i­na­tion of French art and lux­ury. En­ti­tled La Fabrique du luxe: les marchands merciers parisiens au XVIIIe siè­cle ( The Fash­ion­ing of Lux­ury: Parisian Mer­chants of the 18th Cen­tury), the show brings to­gether 100 works of art, ob­jects, doc­u­ments and archives il­lus­trat­ing the ori­gins of Parisian-style lux­ury. -

Show­ing through to Jan­uary 27th 8 rue Elzévir (3rd), 01 40 27 07 21

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