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Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

A maker of exemplary European ceramics for hundreds of years, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres has produced porcelain of the highest quality since 1740.

The factory enjoyed royal patronage from its earliest days, and its most prominent patrons in the late 1700s — King Louis XV of France and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour — commissioned some of the period’s most elegant and striking pieces (only the truly wealthy could afford porcelain at this time). The company was originally established in Vincennes but was moved at the request of Madame de Pompadour, in 1756, to Sèvres, near Versailles, so that its operations would be closer to her château.

Sèvres became a mighty and much-revered factory working under a special grant from King Louis XV — the company’s owner as of 1759 and whose abundance of orders for special state gifts put financial strain on the company. Madame de Pompadour is said to have commissioned Sèvres to create an entire indoor garden of porcelain botanicals, for example.

While Sèvres gained a sterling reputation for its soft-paste porcelain wares, the company was late in entering into the production of hard-paste porcelain.

Hard-paste porcelain is the most common type of Chinese porcelain, then a widely exported and profitable product that was not made in Europe until the 18th century. The resources at Sèvres were largely relegated to meeting the demands of Louis XV, and secondly, it did not acquire the secret formula for hard-paste porcelain until 1761. Until it obtained the coveted secrets behind hard-paste porcelain from a chemist named Pierre-Antoine Hannong — and, years later, gained access to the elusive raw materials to make hard-paste porcelain — Sèvres produced soft-paste porcelain for decades that was widely celebrated but is comparatively a far weaker type as opposed to the hard-paste productions of the company’s rival, Meissen, in Saxony, the first to produce true porcelain outside of Asia.

The artisans at Sèvres applied the rarest and most difficult-to-produce colors to their decorative objects and dinner services. One such color, the bright bleu de roi, became the manufacturer’s signature shade and is found on many of their objects. Sèvres also experimented with rarely glazed or unglazed works that bore no decoration at all — bisque porcelain, French for “biscuit,” refers to unadorned white porcelain sculptures made at Sèvres that resemble white marble after being kiln-fired.

Sèvres marks were applied over the glaze or rendered with cuts by a sharp tool — authentic Sèvres porcelain is most commonly marked with two interlaced Ls that are painted in blue and enclose a third letter. Painters and potters were tasked with affixing marks to record their role in the creation of a particular piece, and as a lot of these artisans’ names are recorded in archival factory materials — and there is also much to be learned at the Sèvres museum — it’s likely that you can accurately identify your Sèvres piece.

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Creator: Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Sculpture Cristal De Sevres Crystal Glass Golfer Golf Statue
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Sculpture crystal De Sevres crystal 10.5" glass golfer golf statue, circa late 20th century. Measurements: 10.5" H x 6" W x 4.5" D.    
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Late 20th Century French Modern Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Glass

19th Century Sevres Biscuit Group of Three Frolicking Puttos
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century Sevres biscuit group of three frolicking puttos France, Date Lettered 1884 A splendid example of 19th century Sevres biscuit porcelain...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Ceramic, Wood

Medallion of the King of France Louis XVIII, in Sèvres Biscuit
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Medallion of the king of France Louis XVIII, in sèvres biscuit". Beautiful Medallion of Louis XVIII in sèvres biscuit and gilded brass, restoration ...
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19th Century French Restauration Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Brass

Centerpiece Psychee and Cupidon Statue in Sevres biscuit, 1890s, France
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in LA FERTÉ-SOUS-JOUARRE, FR
Discover the timeless elegance and symbolism of the Sèvres biscuit group featuring Psyche and Eros. This delicate work of art captures a mythical moment of love, sacrifice, and divin...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Porcelain

French, 19th Century Louis XVI St. Ormolu and Marble Statue Signed Sèvres
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beautiful and most charming French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu and white Carrara marble statue signed Sèvres. The statue is raised by a white Carrara marble base with an eleg...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Marble, Ormolu

Early 19th Century Biscuit Bust of Louise Brongniart After Houdon Made by Sèvres
By Jean-Antoine Houdon, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Lovely biscuit porcelain bust of a young girl, named Louise Brongniart. The bust is marked on the back with 'Houdon' and the Sevres mark. Biscuit por...
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Early 1900s French Belle Époque Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Porcelain

19th Century France Napoleon III Porcelain Biscuit Statue Entitled "Duo"
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Roma, RM
Magnificent example of French porcelain Biscuit workmanship, An imposing biscuit group entitled 'Duo' of remarkable workmanship and sculpture, enormous attention to detail, this wor...
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1870s French Napoleon III Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Porcelain

1928 Ostrich Stoneware Sculpture from Gaston Le Bourgeois for Sèvres Manufactory
By Gaston Le Bourgeois 1, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Ulm, DE
Gaston Le Bourgeois (1880 - circa 1956) 1928, ostrich sculpture made of stoneware from "Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres" This item was produced only 5 times from 1928 to 1930! Mon...
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1920s Vintage Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Stoneware

Ary Bitter, Bronze sculpture of Young Woman and the Lamb
By Ary Bitter, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Tilburg, NL
Bronze sculpture with green and dark brown patina image of a young woman embracing a lamb, signed by Ary Bitter, on a green black marble stand. Ary Bitter (1883–1973) was a French artist, best known for his animal sculptures. He was a designer, painter, and sculptor in various mediums including plaster, stone, terracotta and bronze. His work was also produced in biscuit by the Sèvres factory. Ary Jean Léon Bitter was born in Marseille in 1883. In 1895 he enrolled at the Marseille Beaux Arts and was taught by Émile Aldebert...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

French Sevres Biscuit Porcelain Figure of a Nude "Le Repos" After Alfred Boucher
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine French Sevres biscuit (Bisc) porcelain figure of a recumbent nude lady titled "Le Repos" after a model by Alfred Boucher (French, 1850-1934) Sensually depicting a young w...
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1910s French Rococo Vintage Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Sculptures

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Porcelain

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Antique Grand Tour French Sevres Bronze Sculpture Male Female Figures Group 19c
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Located in Dublin, Ireland
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Bust of Marie Antoinette in Sevres Ceramic from the 1940s
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Milano, MI
Bust depicting Marie Antoinette, made in Sevres ceramic in the 1940s Ø cm 25 Ø cm 13 h cm 49 Sèvres pottery is one of the most famous ceramic manufacturers in all of Europe, born in France in the 18th century. From the beginning, the production stood out for its elegant, refined and graceful shapes, characterized by the colour Sevres Blue, then combining other colors such as turquoise blue and Persian green. Originally the manufactory produced soft porcelain, but from the 1760s it began to produce hard porcelain. In the early 1800s we see the chromatic production enriched, adding its most precious color, loro brilliant. These ceramics were requested by the greatest European aristocracies who wanted table centrepieces, vases, statuettes and small sculptures. Over time the production changed subjects, passing from allegories and mythological subjects of the Baroque, to themes of Greco-Roman antiquity, the taste for Egyptian art and ornaments on a gold background looking towards neo-classicism. Very famous are the biscuits, delicate figurines left without enamel to distinguish them from German polychrome...
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Group in Sèvres Biscuit, 19th Century
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Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Venus Porcelain Biscuit, Inspired by Allegrain, 19th Century
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Located in Paris, FR
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"Napoléon and Joséphine" a French 19th Century Sèvres Biscuit Pair of Busts
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Antique French Sevres Hand Painted Porcelain Figural Grouping, Circa 1880
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An antique French Sevres porcelain figural grouping depicts hand painted courting scene of boy and girl in countryside setting, raised on folia...
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Antique French Sevres Hand Painted Porcelain Figural Grouping of Girl, c1880
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Antique French Sevres porcelain figural grouping depicts hand painted scene with seated girl with her hat and flower in countryside setting, ra...
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Fine Pair of French Sèvres Porcelain Pug Figures
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Located in Bridgeport, CT
Male and female white and gray pugs with black faces and curled tails, seated and looking out. They wear yellow flower decorated collars with bows. The mother dog is nursing her pup...
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Bisque Group the Toilet of Venus after Boizot at Sevres
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Louis-Simon Boizot
Located in Paris, FR
Late 19th century bisque group after a Sevres model designed by Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809). This biscuit in Louis XVI style features a bathing Venus surrounded by her servants an...
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20th Century Sèvres Porcelain Bisque Amour Boudeur by Alfred Boucher
By Alfred Boucher, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Paris, FR
Sèvres porcelain bisque figure depicting L'Amour boudeur (seated cupid) by Alfred Boucher. A young sulky boy, Eros, is sitting on a rock. In classical mythology, Eros or cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. The sculpture was crafted by Sevres manufactory. It features incised Sèvres porcelain marks on the base. Dated 1914. The figure is set on a wooden plinth imitating green vert-de-mer marble. Height without plinth 39.5 cm. circa 1914 Dimensions: W 11.8 in, D 18.5 in, H 17.7 in. Dimensions: L 30 cm, P 47 cm, H 45 cm. Alfred Boucher (1850-1934), mentor to Camille Claudel and friend of Auguste Rodin, worked repeatedly with Sèvres Manufactory. Some of his sculptures were edited in Sevres?porcelain, such as Diane surprise, Le Président...
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Located in Paris, FR
Bisque figurine La Rose enflammée, also known as La Rose perdue, crafted by Sevres Manufactory after Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809). This allegorical b...
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Manufacture Nationale De Sèvres sculptures for sale on 1stDibs.

Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres sculptures are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres sculptures, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sculptures by Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres were created in the Louis XVI style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sculptures by August Moreau, Charles G. Lemire, and Claude Michel Clodion. Prices for Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres sculptures can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $225 and can go as high as $36,645, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,253.

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