Turquerie: An Eighteenth-Century European Fantasy (Hardback)
  • Turquerie: An Eighteenth-Century European Fantasy (Hardback)

Turquerie: An Eighteenth-Century European Fantasy (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 06/10/2014
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Painstakingly researched from many sources, this is the first book to look at the artistic phenomenon known as turquerie. At the end of the 17th century, the long-standing fear of the Turk in Europe was gradually replaced by fascination. Travellers' accounts of the Ottoman lands, translations of works such as One Thousand and One Nights, and the magnificent spectacle of Ottoman ambassadors and their retinues were among the catalysts that inspired the creation of a European fantasy of this world. In this new book, Haydn Williams shows how turquerie manifested itself in the arts across Europe. Its most intense and long-lasting expression was in France, but its reach was broad: from a mosque folly in Kew Gardens to an ivory statuette of a janissary created in Dresden for King Augustus II of Poland and the costumes worn for a carnival celebration in Rome in 1748. Focusing on categories including painting, architecture, interiors and the theatre, Turquerie provides an engaging account of this whimsical European fantasy.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500252062
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 1720 g
Dimensions: 295 x 240 x 27 mm

'Deeply researched and lavishly illustrated, this is a gorgeous book with broad appeal ... a serious and scholarly text' - The World of Interiors
'A fascinating insight into the historical background, the political context and the myths and realities of of turquerie ... With its sumptuous illustrations, this book would appeal to anyone interested in Ottoman culture, Orientalism or 18th-century decorative arts' - Cassone
'Haydn Williams' lavishly illustrated volume gathers hundreds of examples that testify to a veritable vogue for 'turquerie', a fantasy no less compelling than the celebrated 'chinoiserie' of the age' - The Art Newspaper
'A veritable - and beautiful - taxonomy ... a fascinating glimpse into an increasingly collectible area of art' - The Art Book
'Smart and beautifully illustrated ... Williams does a masterly job distilling the many sophisticated histories and concepts that must be understood to fully appreciate the origins and manifestations of Turkish trends and tastes in Europe' - Burlington Magazine

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