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Material culture in Sixteenth Century Venice: a sample from probate inventories, 1510�1615


  • Isabella Cecchini

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice C� Foscari)


This paper presents a panel of data about material culture in early modern Venice. The data are taken from three samples of Venetian probate inventories drawn up voluntarily from Venetian widows in the years 1510�1615, at intervals of roughly fifty years. The entire period has been divided into two subgroups of three years each (1511�1513, 1560�1562), and one of six years (1610�1615). The selection of goods tries to reflect the variety of objects appearing in written lists of Venetian interiors (pieces of furniture, paintings, musical instruments, tableware, cloths), though it aims to present a view of domestic interiors in early modern Venice that pays special regard to less essential goods.

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  • Isabella Cecchini, 2008. "Material culture in Sixteenth Century Venice: a sample from probate inventories, 1510�1615," Working Papers 2008_14, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2008_14

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    Material culture; Venice; early-modern economic history; consumption; social orders; dowry legislation; probate inventories;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • N33 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • Y20 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Introductions and Prefaces - - - Introductions and Prefaces

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