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Sèvres Porcelain: An Illustrious History and Vibrant Present

Published on , by Tatsiana Zhurauliova

Founded in 1740, the Sèvres Manufacture is the custodian of a priceless intangible heritage—centuries of French know-how in the ceramic arts, passed from generation to generation of artisans.

Large scale casting workshop© Lorenz Cugini / Sèvres - Manufacture et Musée nati... Sèvres Porcelain: An Illustrious History and Vibrant Present

Large scale casting workshop
© Lorenz Cugini / Sèvres - Manufacture et Musée nationaux

Originally established as a private enterprise at the Château de Vincennes, the Manufacture was moved to Sèvres on the outskirts of Paris in 1756 and became a royal factory by 1759. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manufacture never once interrupted its operations. Deemed one of the “glories of France,” it continued to run even through the French Revolution. The vast campus of the Manufacture and the National Ceramics Museum , built in 1861 and inaugurated in 1876, comprises twenty-four buildings located on a splendidly landscaped nearly ten-acre estate on the bank of the Seine. In 2010, the Manufacture and the Museum became a public establishment (Sèvres Cité de la Céramique), joined in 2012 by the Adrien Dubouché National Museum of Limoges becoming the Cité de la Céramique Sèvres & Limoges. In 2012, the Manufacture was named a Living Heritage Establishment, confirming its stature as an important national institution and as an influential international center for the ceramic arts.   Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879-1933),…
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