Joseph Bonnier de la Mosson's cabinet de curiosités, assembled in the 1730s and arranged within several rooms of the collector's Parisian town house, is perhaps the single best-documented eighteenth-century example of its type.1 Its contents and decor were recorded in a series of architectural drawings and sale catalogues, and the hôtel particulier and garden were depicted on the so-called Plan de Turgot of 1739.2 Accordingly, much has been written on the collection by historians of art, architecture, urbanism, science, and technology.3 Yet previous analyses of Bonnier's collections and patronage have not fully considered the visual and conceptual role of the garden planted outside his...
Thought Patterns in the Space of an Eighteenth-Century French Curiosity Cabinet
Lauren R. Cannady is a historian of early modern art and architecture. She is completing a book on northern European gardens as sites of knowledge production and transmission, and is coeditor of a forthcoming volume on transnational networks of artisanal praxis in the long eighteenth century, part of the Voltaire Foundation's Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.
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Lauren R. Cannady; Thought Patterns in the Space of an Eighteenth-Century French Curiosity Cabinet. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2020; 79 (3): 286–307. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.3.286
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