Sevres Porcelain
Produced in Sevres, outside of Versailles, from 1756 until present, Sevres was boosted by the decline of Meissen in the middle of the 18th century becoming the leading porcelain factory in Europe. Sevres rise in popularity is partially attributed to the patronage of Madame de Pompador, mistress of Louis IV. Pompador facilitated Sevres move from its original factory in Vincennes to its present location and was able to attract skilled artists such as painter Francois Boucher and sculptor Etiene-Maurice Falconet.
The porcelain is made of hard-paste, a closely guarded secret that took the company years to obtain. Sevres porcelain is famous for its depiction of white figures of cupids, shepherdesses, nymphs and pieces decorated with flowers, birds and marine themes. These are executed in bold colors and accentuated by gold accents.
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Sèvres porcelain. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved September 10, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/536854/Sevres-porcelain

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