Science Cafe: The 19th Century Plastic

05/18/2015

The 19th Century Plastic: The Story of European Porcelain

Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m., talk begins at 6 p.m. at Chelsea’s Cafe

In the 18th century, European porcelain was an aristocratic luxury item, produced only by the dozen or so royal firms lucky enough to have discovered-or stolen-its secret recipe. But after the aristocracy crumbled in the 19th century, porcelain became a bourgeois commodity, mass produced by thousands of companies making everything from chamber pots to chandeliers. LSU System’s Boyd Professor in the Department of History Suzanne Marchand revisits the making and marketing of what has been called “flea market trash” to open a new window into the history of European capitalism, commercialism and design in the period before the First World War.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for free food and networking, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. Remember, people of all ages are welcome, so please spread the word and join us for a fun and informative night!

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