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Sèvres – Porcelain of the Kings

University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG)
10 Jun - 16 Aug 2015
Opening Reception : 09 Jun 2015, 18:00 - 01 Jan 1970, 08:00
1/F T.T. Tsui, University Museum and Art Gallery, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Sèvres – Porcelain of the Kings

"Coppa della mistica"
Michele De Lucchi I (b. 1951)
2011
Porcelain, 24-carat gold and bronze
H. 42.9cm, Diam. 19cm
Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres et Limoges, inv. no. 2013.D.8599.1-2

Sèvres – Porcelain of the Kings

"Cobéa Cup"
Jean-Marie-Ferdinand Régnier (1774–1857)
1813
Glazed Porcelain
Dimensions: cup: H. 7cm, D. 8.8cm; saucer: H. 1.5cm, D. 13.2cm
Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres et Limoges, inv. no. 2013.D.8339.1-2

Sèvres – Porcelain of the Kings

"Love"
Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791)
Designed in 1758
Biscuit porcelain
H. 77.5cm, L. 36.5cm, D. 70 cm
Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres et Limoges, inv. no. 2007.O.427

The University Museum and Art Gallery is truly honoured to collaborate with the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, and co-curators Sonia Banting and Pierre Dumonteil, to present this major exhibition of Sèvres porcelain. Through the exhibition visitors will discover the extraordinary history of the manufactory and the artistic quality and work methods of its world-famous kilns. Since the 18th century, the quest for perfection in ceramic manufacture has seduced royalty, aristocrats and connoisseurs all over the world, including dignitaries such as the Emperors of Qing China. Meticulous quality has always been the guiding principle of the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres in relation to its selection of artists and contemporary works.

A successor of the Vincennes porcelain manufactory, the factory at Sèvres, located near Versailles, has been making both soft- and hard-paste porcelain since 1756. First patronised by King Louis XV, his courtiers and, especially, his mistress Madame de Pompadour, Sèvres became a leader in fashionable artistic ceramics and a luxury trademark at the Versailles and Louvre palaces.

With more than 120 pieces, this exhibition exemplifies the remarkable artistry of the Sèvres manufactory and showcases finely made porcelain designed by some of the leading artists of their day. The painter François Boucher (1703–1770) and the sculptor Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716–1791), who directed Sèvres’ modelling atelier between 1757 and 1766, became involved in the enterprise during the ancien régime, and multiple generations of talented designers and artistic directors have contributed to the manufactory’s prestige.

Our display introduces the development of style, form and colour, and highlights the manufactory’s celebrated tradition of using decorative techniques such as biscuit white and royal blue. The accompanying catalogue endeavours to present additional context and to describe, among other topics, the royal patronage and scientific advances which paved the way for the long and innovative production of porcelain objet d’art that have become icons of fashion and taste.

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