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Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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
Sevres Creamware Figures Emblematic of Four Seasons, Modeled after/by Bachelier
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
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Sevres Creamware Figures Emblematic of Four Seasons, Modeled after/by Bachelier  France, 19th Century  Three are marked with the interlaced L mark, one is numbered 260, and two have ...
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19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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19th Century Sevres Biscuit Group of Three Frolicking Puttos
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
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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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Hand-Painted Ceramic Egg-Shaped Box by Sevres, France, Mid-Twentieth Century
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Torino, IT
Hand-painted ceramic egg-shaped box by SEVRES ORIGIN France PERIOD Mid twentieth century BRAND SEVRES manufacture MODEL Egg-shaped box w...
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Antique Paul Jean Millet Sèvres Ceramic Box Polychrome Blue Green Glaze
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Munich, DE
This fine Sèvres ceramic box is marked PM Sèvres for Paul Jean Milet. It has been glazed in the most marvellous colours reminiscent of a Monet's water lillies.
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1910s French Art Nouveau Vintage Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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Pop Shade of Green Porcelain Cuo, by Manufacture de Sèvres, 1962
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Sèvre -Cup Pop shade of green porcelain cup Manufacture de Sèvres, dated 1962 Decor in shades of green by Bernard Bannier. Measures: H 5.5 cm / 2,2 in. Ø 18 cm / 7 in.
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French Sevres Château de Fontainebleau Porcelain Serving Dishes
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Newark, England
Ormolu Mounted From our Ceramics collection, we are delighted to offer a pair of French Sevres boat-shaped porcelain dishes with original ormolu mounts. The serving dishes beautifully decorated with a frieze of vibrant green undulating foliate garlands interspersed with mosaic style classical romanesque cartouches and birds. The inside decorated with gilt scrollwork embellishments with a six point start to the centre. The porcelain raised on four scrolling legs draped with garlands of fruiting vine. The porcelain bearing the Louis Philippe interlaced L's Sevres mark, the Chateau de Fontainebleau mark, incised marks for the original serves blank manufacturing along with initials and finally the painted initials WB. The dishes dated to the first half of the 19th century 1839/1840 respectively. The ormolu mounts stamped to the base CHER. Château de Fontainebleau (also known as the Palace of Fontainebleau) is located southeast of Paris and is one of the largest French royal châteaux. The medieval castle served as a residence for the French monarchs from Louis VII...
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Mid-19th Century French Louis Philippe Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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Blue Ceramic Vase, Sèvres France
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Paris, FR
Blue vase in enameled ceramic Signed under the base "Sevres, Made in France".
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20th Century French Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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20th Century French Bronze and Sevres Porcelain Vase, 1900s
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in LEGNY, FR
Very nice early 20th century French porcelain vase from the famous Sevres manufacture in the 1900s. Beautiful flowers and golden details. The bronze part is removable. There is als...
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Early 1900s French Antique Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres Ceramics

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Modern Red Vide Poche / Centerpiece, Sevres, France, 1940s
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Firenze, IT
Modern red vide poche / centerpiece Sevres France, 1940s Wood, ceramic Measures: 9 cm Height x 30 cm diameter Conditions: excellent consisten...
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Antique Sèvres Biscuit Porcelain Swan Gravy Boat and Underplate with Gilding
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Toronto, ON
A beautiful antique Sèvres swan sauce boat in biscuit porcelain with gilded detail. This smaller scale sauce boat is a whimsical addition to the table ...
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Porcelain

Pair of Vases Sèvres, Manufacture de Sèvres, 1986
By Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A pair of vase -Sèvres Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres France, Sèvres, 1986. Unique pieces Pair of oval-roll-shape porcelain vases, each presents a unique decor of fine crysta...
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Manufacture Nationale De Sèvres ceramics for sale on 1stDibs.

Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres ceramics 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 ceramics, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original ceramics by Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres were created in the Art Deco style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ceramics by Atelier Primavera au Printemps, Alistair Danhieux, and Charles Lemanceau. Prices for Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres ceramics can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $445 and can go as high as $7,547, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,413.

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