Sevres is internationally known for its ceramic and fine porcelain. The history starts in the 18th century by the creation of the manufacture wanted by the King Louis XV and his mistress the Marquise of Pompadour. Delicate ceramics reveals the exquisite taste of the French high society for the arts and it clearly highlights the trends during the Age of Enlightenment.
A careful process is required in Sevres to make the sculpture totally unique. The work of art starts by a clay model to finally become a biscuit porcelain. The biscuit has been invented in Sevres in 1751. It was so successful that it’s been quickly imitated throughout all Europe.
The term « porcelain » refers to a wide range of ceramic products that have been baked at high temperatures to achieve vitreous, or glassy, qualities such as translucence and low porosity. The surface of the carefully polished porcelain, unglazed, revealing the clay whiteness and its fine details, matches with marble and allows fruitful comparisons with statuary.
If you are in Paris for the Christmas and New year holidays, please visit « Sèvres, the Manufacture of Enlightenment », a unique exhibition organized thanks to Le Louvre Museum partnership. 120 original biscuits, drawings, prints, plaster moulds and models dating from the great 18th century are presented.
SEVRES CITÉ DE LA CÉRAMIQUE is easily accessible by metro (Pont de Sevres, line 9)
It is opened every day 10am to 5pm except Tuesdays, December 25 and January 1.
A guided tour & conference is scheduled January 3 and 17, 2016 at 3:00pm for 1h30.
More information at www.sevresciteceramique.fr