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National Museum of ceramics (sèvres porcelain manufactory): photo description (Musee national de Ceramique)

National Museum of ceramics - is the official name of the Museum of the famous sèvres porcelain manufactory. For two and a half centuries, the sèvres - one of the three leading European manufacturers of porcelain (along with the Meissen and Vienna). The local Museum is one of the largest in the world: it is 50 thousand exhibits belonging to all eras and civilizations.

There is pottery of Ancient Greece, Chinese porcelain, clay, Moorish vessels, terracotta civilizations of America... most of the exhibits represent, however, the Europe of the XV-XIX centuries. A special place among them is products of Sevres.

The first French porcelain produced in 1734 on the manufacture of Manessi-Villeroy, you were yellowish-white. But the ceramist Claude Guerin managed to achieve a white that rivals Meissen, and in 1740 in Vincennes castle began production of high quality French porcelain. In 1753, the manufactory became a Royal and soon thanks to the financial support of the monarch (he was among the members) moved to sèvres. The work attracted a brilliant artist and sculptor Francois Boucher, he created the style of the era. By the decree of the king only Sevr obtained the right to use painted vessels of gold. Started an annual exhibition to buy an exquisite French porcelain sought all over Europe.

In 1824 the Director of the manufactory, and in addition, the chemist, mineralogist and paleontologist Alexander Brongniart has established a Museum here. The Brongniart sought to preserve for future generations all that mankind has accumulated in the field of technology and culture fine ceramics. The first curator of the Museum was the veteran of the factory, the artist on porcelain and cartoonist Denis désiré Ricra. Endlessly devoted to his work, he was able to add to the collection of more than 20 thousand exhibits!

In 1927 the Museum acquired the status of the exhibition of the Louvre. Since 1975, the collection is constantly updated with examples of contemporary ceramics, expanded exhibition area.

On the first floor of the Museum presents ceramics of East and West, from the most ancient times till XVI century. The second floor is a treasure trove of European ceramics and porcelain from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Here you can see about five thousand works of Sevres, the likes of which the world. Here Desk 1772, the work of Martin Carlin - bronze, oak and porcelain with the finest painting. Here is a vase with a portrait of king Louis-Philippe of the work of Adelaide Duclos. But a naughty statue "Venus crowned by the beauty" of the late eighteenth century is a popular biscuit, the unglazed white porcelain. Perfection of lines is such that it seems full of life figures now speak with a gentle voice.