"This fine book is deeply expert. Its author has worked many years in Siena’s archives, studying the city’s material culture. At the heart of her research are the household inventories, systematic documents, often post-mortem, that went from room to room, laying out in precise detail the objects in each space. [...] The book, thorough and astute, is nicely on top of current scholarship on Renaissance Italian material culture. The meticulous notes very often give the original Italian, a precision very useful to scholars, who will want to check Sienese terminology for things or attributes. The illustrations, all in colour, are plentiful, and carefully captioned: they feature surviving artefacts, and their depiction in works of art, and also show the documents on which the argument rests."
- Thomas V Cohen, Journal of Design History, York University, Toronto, 2021