Where did the making of Sevres porcelain start?
The story of Sèvres started with an ambitious pair of brothers who, working under license from the French king, launched their own porcelain production at the Chateau de Vincennes in the mid-1740s.
When did soft paste porcelain come to France?
When porcelain eventually came to France, the commodity remained the exclusive reserve of aristocracy and royalty. It was in the mid- to late-17th century when soft-paste porcelain (a delicate form of porcelain made without kaolin) was developed in France. Before this time, all porcelain had been imported from China, and was quite costly.
Where did the marks on French porcelain come from?
From the emergence of Saint-Cloud porcelain onwards, most French porcelain was labeled with distinctive marks. After Rouen and Nevers demonstrated success with soft-paste porcelain, factories were established at Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Mennecy, Vincennes and Sèvres.
Where was porcelain found in the seventeenth century?
Porcelain was a relatively unknown commodity in seventeenth-century France. Examples of both Chinese and Japanese porcelain could be found in royal and aristocratic collections, but because of their cost, these objects were available only to the highest levels of society.
What kind of decoration did Sevres porcelain have?
Some of the early French porcelain had an imitative nature. The above Vincennes pot and cover emulates the shape and decoration of early Meissen pieces painted with harbour scenes. However, Sèvres quickly began to distance itself from its German competitor, and by the 1750s had developed forms and decoration uniquely its own.
What’s the world record price for Sevres porcelain?
A portion of this service sold in the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in May 2018 for the world record price of $1,812,500. The ‘Marly Rouge’ service: a Sèvres porcelain iron-red and sky-blue ground part dessert service made for Napoleon I, circa 1807-09. 13⅛ in (33.3 cm) high, the cooler.
What was the price of Napoleon’s Sevres porcelain?
A portion of this service sold in the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in May 2018 for the world record price of $1,812,500. The ‘Marly Rouge’ service: a Sèvres porcelain iron-red and sky-blue ground part dessert service made for Napoleon I, circa 1807-09. 13⅛ in (33.3 cm) high, the cooler. Sold for $1]
What do the interlaced LS mean on Sevres porcelain?
Sèvres porcelain is very often marked with two blue-painted ‘interlaced’ Ls. This in turn often encloses a letter or double letter, which acts as a code for the year in which the piece was produced. Thus, a teabowl with the letter A on it would have a production date of circa 1754.