Summer Presentation Explores Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette

Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette, June 8 through September 11, 2011

By the late eighteenth century, France had long been fascinated by the Ottoman empire. Trade with Turkish territories had gone on for centuries, bringing precious velvets, brocades, carpets, arabesque-decorated leathers, and metalwork to the Continent. In the fall of 1776, a performance of Mustapha and Zeangir, a tragedy in five acts by Sebastien-Roch Chamford that played in Paris, seems to have launched a taste for interiors à la turque, or “in the Turkish style.”
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Monday, May 9, 2011