The chapter discusses how red coral played a substantial part in the British trade of luxury commodities on a global scale, and especially toward Asia, with Livorno as a central pivot where this material was procured before being shipped across the oceans. The research seeks to examine the contexts and networks of the coral trade, casting light on how the Medici promoted the circulation of this commodity through manufactures based in Livorno and the activities of its port, but also through the contacts with other coral centers like Genoa and Marseilles. In particular, it explores how this trade was controlled by British authorities, who attempted—not always successfully—to open new mercantile trajectories by exploiting the success of this coveted commodity.

Red Coral from Livorno to Hirado. British Early Trading Networks and Maritime Trajectories, c. 1570 to 1623

Iannello Tiziana
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2020

Abstract

The chapter discusses how red coral played a substantial part in the British trade of luxury commodities on a global scale, and especially toward Asia, with Livorno as a central pivot where this material was procured before being shipped across the oceans. The research seeks to examine the contexts and networks of the coral trade, casting light on how the Medici promoted the circulation of this commodity through manufactures based in Livorno and the activities of its port, but also through the contacts with other coral centers like Genoa and Marseilles. In particular, it explores how this trade was controlled by British authorities, who attempted—not always successfully—to open new mercantile trajectories by exploiting the success of this coveted commodity.
Art, Mobility, and Exchange in Early Modern Tuscany and Eurasia
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in ARCA sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/10278/3711827
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact