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West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design…
This essay traces the commonalities and divergences between the discipline of art history and contemporary interdisciplinary material culture studies in order to explain why the two have been so… Expand
This paper analyzes the semantic possibilities for Chinese lacquered wood in eighteenth-century Europe through exploring its use in an architectural commission by the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa… Expand
This essay challenges the notion that the disquieting grimaces and facial aberrations of sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's Character Heads can be explained through suppositions about his eccentric… Expand
Contents: Introduction, Alden Cavanaugh and Michael E. Yonan Rethinking the Arcanum: porcelain, secrecy, and the 18th-century culture of invention, Glenn Adamson The nature of artifice: French… Expand
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