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Rolf de Maré and Nils Dardel at the Hildesborg Estate

John Potvin

John Potvin is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Canada, where he teaches on the intersections of art, interior design and fashion. He is the author of Bachelors of a Different Sort: Queer Aesthetics, Material Culture and the Modern Interior in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2014), Giorgio Armani: Empire of the Senses (Ashgate, 2013) and Material and Visual Cultures Beyond Male Bonding (Ashgate, 2008). He is also editor of The Places and Spaces of Fashion (Routledge, 2009) and co-editor of Material Cultures, 1740-1920: The Meanings and Pleasures of Collecting (Ashgate, 2010) and Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity (Ashgate, 2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Oriental Interiors: Design, Identity, Space

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter

...The Hallwyska Museet in central Stockholm stands as a grand and spectacular testament to the rich legacy of one of Sweden’s most illustrious family dynasties. Resplendent and ornate, the family home cum museum in Hamngatan houses interiors...

Shifting social logics of masculinity and honour in early modern Sweden

Honour, Violence and Emotions in History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Violence in various forms was part of everyday life in late medieval and early modern Sweden. The rate of homicide was many times higher than today, and the use of force much more widespread among all social classes.Dag Lindström, ‘Homicide...

Consumption Patterns of a Brukspatron in Early Nineteenth-Century Sweden

A Taste for Luxury in Early Modern Europe : Display, Acquisition and Boundaries

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...It has been said that no private title in Sweden has, before or after the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, had such reputation and prestige as a brukspatron. The Swedish title refers to the owner and manager of large-scale ironworks...

Retail and Shopping in Stockholm during the Eighteenth Century

A Taste for Luxury in Early Modern Europe : Display, Acquisition and Boundaries

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...What is good taste? What objects are tasteful? Clearly, the answers to such questions vary over time and are to a large extent historically and geographically determined. During the long eighteenth century, consumption, both actual...

My Soul for a Seat: Commuting and the Routines of Mobility

Time, Consumption and Everyday Life : Practice, Materiality and Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...Introduction Home, 7:32 a.m., a February morning. That’s where I was a few minutes ago. Two minutes behind schedule. I’m biking down a dark and snowy path towards the train station. On my way I will pass three clocks: two outside...

French Fashions: Aspects of Elite Lifestyle in Eighteenth-Century Sweden

Johanna Ilmakunnas

Johanna Ilmakunnas is Associate Professor (Docent) of European History at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the author of a major study of the lifestyle of aristocracy in 18th-century Sweden, Ett ståndsmässigt liv: Familjen von Fersens livsstil på 1700-talet (2012), and is co-editor of Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Taste for Luxury in Early Modern Europe : Display, Acquisition and Boundaries

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...In eighteenth-century Sweden, the lifestyle of elites was strongly influenced by France and French culture. Indeed, it has been argued that French cosmopolitan culture dominated elite lifestyles throughout eighteenth-century Europe.Classic...

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: Bathing in Sweden

Water, Leisure and Culture : European Historical Perspectives

Bloomsbury Academic, 2002

Book Chapter

...Bathing escalated steadily in Sweden during the course of the nineteenth century, rising dramatically in popularity in the first decades of the twentieth. All varieties of bathing were practised - indoor and outdoor, costumed and nude...