In honor of Bastille Day its only fitting to feature a beautifully orchestrated book highlighting the lifestyle of Paris in the 18th century. I would recommend picking up the book “Paris: Life & Luxury in the eighteenth century” to keep you entertained and informed on this celebratory day in France.
“This groundbreaking book seeks to reimagine objects from eighteenth-century Paris within their original context, showing how they were used in the daily routines of elite members of society. Against the background of the reign of Louis XV (r. 1723–1774), the chapters move chronologically from morning to night, covering such topics as temporal literacy and technological advances in timekeeping; innovations in domestic architecture and design for privacy; fashion and self-identity as expressed in the ritual of the morning toilette; reading and discussion of literary texts as influences on the collecting of art; and sociability and politesseduring nocturnal entertainments.”
– Charissa Bremer-David curator at the Getty Museum