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Sèvres from The Collection of James Grafstein on Wednesday, April 24 at 2pm

Established in the mid-18th Century in the town of Sèvres near Paris,  the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship, delicate designs, and vibrant colors, often featuring intricate, hand-painted motifs and elaborate gilding. Sèvres porcelain is highly sought-after by collectors and is considered a status symbol of luxury and elegance. The factory was patronized by French royalty and nobility, contributing to its prestigious reputation. Over the years, Sèvres has produced a wide range of forms including vases, figurines, tableware, and decorative objects, each reflecting the artistic trends of its time. Today, antique Sèvres pieces are highly prized collectibles and are housed in museums and private collections worldwide.

The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory was known for its close ties to the French royal court, especially during the reigns of Louis XV, Louis XVI and Napoleon. It produced pieces for royal households, diplomatic gifts, and commissions for prominent figures across Europe. The factory’s influence extended beyond porcelain, as it also played a role in the development of other ceramic techniques and the establishment of standards for fine porcelain production. Despite facing various challenges over the centuries, including political unrest and changes in taste, Sèvres porcelain continues to be celebrated for its exquisite beauty and historical significance into the 21st century.

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