The domestic interior has been widely studied in terms of social construction, furnishing, artistic representation and diffusion of luxury items. Household inventories provide an insight into different social levels -- a single inventory is like a snapshot. During the Early Modern period most people could count but a single residence, but this does not apply to the élite and, more generally to the upper social level. And even though it is tempting to view things as being stable, objects, like people, were moving all the time. Evidence shows that items such as tableware, carpets, clothing, and jewels, to give some examples, were mobile, as was portable art. What circumstances determined the relocation of certain objects? How frequently did this happen? Was it only display objects that were moved from one grand house to the next, or were more quotidian things in motion as well? What about fragile things? Did inventories keep a record of objects in motion? Was the distance or the purpose of the relocation relevant? Did the same patterns of apply also to specific circumstances such a long-distance journeys, pilgrimages or military campaigns? We are interested in exploring the iconography, social history and literary dimension of the mobile household. Paper topics might include evidence from inventories, as well as case studies of iconographic sources and literary accounts.
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