The Business of Luxury: The Decorative Arts

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Business of Luxury: The Decorative Arts

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, Interior Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module will examine the production, retailing and consumption of luxury goods in eighteenth-century Europe with particular reference to Ireland. Who were the arbiters of taste and fashion during this period? What was new? How did developments in terms of fashionable living generate keen demand for new categories of goods such as silver or ceramic tea wares? The supremacy of French taste during the first half of the eighteenth century will be investigated as will the impact of British commercial expansion. The way in which luxury goods were manufactured, advertised and sold will be examined using both modern and eighteenth-century sources to develop a closer understanding of the objects.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 36 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 100%
    - Continuous Assessment detail(s): Total Marks 100%. 7,500 word essay or shorter essay combined with class assignments/tests; Essay to be submitted by Monday prior to commencement of end-of-semester examinations.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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