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Materials and Expertise in Early Modern EuropeBetween Market and Laboratory$
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Ursula Klein Klein and E. C. Spary

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226439686

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226439709.001.0001

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Liqueurs and the Luxury Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Liqueurs and the Luxury Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century Paris

(p.225) 9 Liqueurs and the Luxury Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century Paris
Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe

E. C. Spary

University of Chicago Press

Focusing on eighteenth-century Paris, this article explores the interconnections among knowledge, power, and ethics concerning food. It looks at how food shops, the marketplace, laboratories, apprenticed distillers and vendors of liqueurs, buyers and connoisseurs of such luxury products, physicians, and pharmacists as well as chemists of the French Academy of Sciences are glued together by the so-called polite science. Liqueur makers and distillers relied on chemistry to innovate and to possess enlightenment as well as for the marketing of their products. This article considers some treatments of distillation penned by members of the apothecaries' and distillers' guilds and shows how liqueurs became the focus for debates about the relationships between matter, bodies, and expertise in the age of Enlightenment.

Keywords:   Paris, knowledge, power, ethics, food, liqueurs, polite science, distillation, apothecaries, matter

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