Making Whiteness: Art, Luxury, and Race in Eighteenth-Century France

Research output: Contribution to journalShort surveypeer-review


The article presents a study of whiteness in the scholarship on eighteenth-century French art and material culture. Topics discussed include the efforts to promote the abolition of slavery through the design of a fashionable accessory; developments in material culture and artisanal technologies encouraged an alliance between whiteness and the skin color of the dominant, enslaving class, and the dominant role of Chinese and Japanese porcelain in the fetishization of the color.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24705683
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • race
  • luxury
  • figurines
  • decorative arts
  • popular culture
  • whiteness


Dive into the research topics of 'Making Whiteness: Art, Luxury, and Race in Eighteenth-Century France'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this