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Secret spaces of luxury: ignorance, free ports, and art

Secret spaces of luxury: ignorance, free ports, and art
Secret spaces of luxury: ignorance, free ports, and art
The chapter begins by elaborating the nature of ignorance and identifies secrecy as a form of ignorance arising from the suppression of knowledge, before moving to a consideration of the relationship between luxury and secret spaces. This is followed by a discussion of the free port as an example of a secret space. Through the way free ports are used to store real luxury goods, including fine art, and the secrecy that they afford, imaginary qualities are given to the luxuries they hold. The real and imagined dimensions of fine art stored in free ports are then explored and the implications of free ports as secret spaces of luxury for the nature of the ownership of works of art and for society are considered.
Secret Spaces, Luxury, Ignorance, Free Ports, Art
Bloomsbury Academic
Roberts, Joanne
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Roberts, Joanne
Armitage, John
Roberts, Joanne
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Roberts, Joanne
Armitage, John

Roberts, Joanne (2019) Secret spaces of luxury: ignorance, free ports, and art. In, Roberts, Joanne and Armitage, John (eds.) The Third Realm of Luxury: Connecting Real Places and Imaginary Spaces. 1 ed. London. Bloomsbury Academic. (In Press)

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The chapter begins by elaborating the nature of ignorance and identifies secrecy as a form of ignorance arising from the suppression of knowledge, before moving to a consideration of the relationship between luxury and secret spaces. This is followed by a discussion of the free port as an example of a secret space. Through the way free ports are used to store real luxury goods, including fine art, and the secrecy that they afford, imaginary qualities are given to the luxuries they hold. The real and imagined dimensions of fine art stored in free ports are then explored and the implications of free ports as secret spaces of luxury for the nature of the ownership of works of art and for society are considered.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 January 2019
Keywords: Secret Spaces, Luxury, Ignorance, Free Ports, Art

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Local EPrints ID: 427771
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427771
PURE UUID: 465b7680-7d7b-489c-ab93-ac208fc21b50
ORCID for Joanne Roberts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5337-1698

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:34

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Author: Joanne Roberts ORCID iD
Editor: Joanne Roberts
Editor: John Armitage

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