Luxury and the Entrepreneur: A Story of Meissen Porcelain, Harlequins, and Creative Destruction

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Based on fictional and non-fictional accounts, this chapter offers a narrative study of entrepreneurship in which the transgressive force of what Joseph Schumpeter calls ‘creative destruction’ is traced through the production of luxury objects emerging from the Meissen porcelain works. It is a narrative in which luxury and entrepreneurship are brought together, somewhat uneasily, under the forces of obsession, addiction, expertise, collecting, the affective power of things and civility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business
EditorsPierre-Yves Donzé, Véronique Pouillard, Joanne Roberts
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9780190932220
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesOxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Bibliographical note

Published online: August 2021.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Luxury
  • Porcelain
  • Creativity
  • Experiment
  • Schumpeter
  • Obsession
  • New materialism
  • Affect theory
  • Fiction

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