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The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry 1800-1847

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The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory


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The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory - Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry 1800-1847
416 pages
Color and b&w photos
Soft cover
30 x 23 cm
1,999 kg
English

The French Revolution left the nation's prestigious decorative arts industries poised on the brink of ruin, but beginning in 1800, the renowned porcelain works at Sèvres experienced a rebirth under the direction of scientist, teacher, and administrator Alexandre Brongniart. Shown in color, more than 110 working drawings of Sèvres's exquisite vases are accompanied here by nearly 50 examples of finished vases and tableware. Among the styles represented are the Egyptian and Etruscan, as are neoclassical decorations whose motifs of birds, butterflies, and insects reflect the era's fascination with the natural sciences. Each illustration is flanked by a brief but informed text, while Brongniart's visionary approach to the industry is explored in 11 essays.