Global Goods and the Country House

Comparative perspectives, 1650-1800

Edited by Jon Stobart

ISBN: 9781800083837

Publication: November 20, 2023

What is this?

Global goods were central to the material culture of eighteenth-century country houses. Across Europe, mahogany furniture, Chinese wallpapers and Indian textiles formed the backdrop to genteel practices of drinking sweetened coffee, tea and chocolate from Chinese porcelain. They tied these houses and their wealthy owners into global systems of supply and the processes of colonialism and empire.

Global Goods and the Country House builds on these narratives, and then challenges them by decentring our perspective. It offers a comparative framework that explores the definition, ownership and meaning of global goods outside the usual context of European imperial powers. What were global goods and what did they mean for wealthy landowners in places at the ‘periphery’ of Europe (Sweden and Wallachia), in the British colonies of North America and the Caribbean, or in the extra-colonial context (Japan or Rajasthan)? By addressing these questions, this volume offers fresh insights into the multi-directional flow of goods and cultures that enmeshed the eighteenth-century world. And by placing these goods in their specific material context - from the English country house to the princely palaces of Rajasthan - we gain a better understanding of their use and meaning, and of their role in linking the global and the local.

Jon Stobart is Professor of Social History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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List of contributors

Introduction: contexts and departures
Jon Stobart

Part 1: Consuming global goods

1 Mahogany, sugar and porcelain: global goods for a Swedish aristocratic family in the eighteenth century
Gudrun Andersson and Göran Ulväng

2 Global goods and Imperial Knights: assemblages in country houses in southwestern Germany, 1700–1820
Daniel Menning, Anne Sophie Overkamp and Julietta Schulze

3 The global Samurai: imports and daily life in isolated Japan
Martha Chaiklin

4 'We are starving for want of Tea': Asian objects, domestic slavery, and Caribbean sociability
Christine Walker

Object lessons 1: Traded goods

I Statuette of captain Jacob Beckmann
Mikkel Venborg Pedersen

II Osnaburg: a study in global textile production and exploitation
Laura Johnson

III Suite of ebony furniture inlaid with ivory, Charlecote Park
Annabelle Gilmore and Jon Stobart

IV Newspaper advertisement for The English Depot. E. Grant & Comp., Bucharest
Nicoleta Roman

V Histoire des deux Indes by Guillaume Raynal, 1780
Eleanor Matthews

Part 2: The global in the local

5 Power, friendship and delightfulness:global goods in the residencies of an aristocratic family in the Kingdom of Naples
Gaia Bruno

6 Luxury, international trade and consumption in three eighteenth-century Danish homes
Mikkel Venborg Pedersen

7 Interiors as a visiting card: decoration, consumption and material culture in a mid-nineteenth century Romanian country house
Nicoleta Roman

8 An ‘American bearskin merchant’ in the ‘wilds of Pennsylvania’: trade and the British country house in North America
Stephen G. Hague

Object lessons 2: Crafting global goods

VI Model of a Chinese pagoda by Elizabeth Ratcliffe, 1767
Emile de Bruijn

VII The Barbados Monkey Jar
Kevin Farmer and Tara Inniss

VIII Japanese red wool jinbaori (Surcoat) – East meets West
Martha Chaiklin

IX Shellwork shadowbox grottoes as global goods
Laura C. Keim

X Tobacco rolls, Württemberg
  Daniel Menning

Part 3: Domesticating the global

9 Second-hand empire? Global goods in English provincial auctions, c.1760-1840 Jon Stobart

10 Global houses of the Efik
Louis P. Nelson

11 Negotiating cosmopolitan taste with local culture: porcelain rooms in Indian (Rajput) forts and palaces
Esther Schmidt

Object lessons 3: Symbols and symbolism

XI The new worlds’ gate
Gaia Bruno

XII Two clubs, two perspectives: Haudenosaunee material culture at Audley End
Michael Galban (Wašiw & Kutzadika’a) and Peter Moore

XIII Design for pinery built for Sir Joseph Banks, 1807
Kate Donington

XIV Grosser Atlas über Die Gantze Welt, by Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724)
Mrinalini Venkateswaran

XV Frans Post’s View of Itamaracá Island. Rethinking a colonial past
Yme Kuiper

Part 4: Imperial houses

12 Cartography, collecting and the construction of empire at Dyrham Park
Rupert Goulding and Louis P. Nelson

13 Cultivating the world: English country house gardens, 'exotic' plants and elite women collectors, c.1690-1800
Katie Donington

14 Colonial power and global gifts: the governorship of Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau-Siegen in Dutch Brazil (1637-44)
Yme Kuiper

Jon Stobart


Format: Open Access PDF

478 Pages

14 tables, 2 line drawings, and 84 photo/halftones

Copyright: © 2023

ISBN: 9781800083837

Publication: November 20, 2023

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