Thursday 23 May 2013 2,30pm

This lecture is a history of the Vincennes-Sèvres factory and its productions up to the French Revolution.

It will begin by looking at the patronage of Louis XV and Mme. De Pompadour, the establishment of the factory in the disused royal château of Vincennes, the fashion for porcelain flowers, the development of the early ground colours, such as bleu lapis and bleu celeste and the influence of François Boucher.

It will go on to discuss the move to Sèvres and the creation of a truly Royal factory,
the development of the later ground colours, the royal table services, the taste for porcelain- mounted furniture and the fashion for biscuit porcelain figures.

Introductory Reading List

Atterbury, P. (ed.) The History of Porcelain
New York, 1982

Charleston, R.J. (ed.) World Ceramics
London, 1981
Eriksen, S. & de Bellaigue, G. Sèvres Porcelain London, 1987

Hildyard, R. European Ceramics
London, 1999

Savill, R. The Wallace Collection:
Sèvres Porcelain. 3 vols.
London, 1988

JANE GARDINER, M.A. History of Art, London University, trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and went on to become a Research Assistant and Lecturer in the V&A Education Department. In 1987 she was invited to join Sotheby’s Institute as tutor of 17th and 18th Century Decorative Art, going on to become a Senior Lecturer and a Deputy Director of Sotheby’s U.K. She continues to lecture for both organisations. Her areas of specialisation are early European Ceramics and Glass and Eighteenth Century European Design. She has also lectured for the University of London, Michigan State University, the National Trust, the Art Fund, the Wallace Collection, l’Institut d’ Études Supérieures des Arts, Paris; for Crystal Cruise Lines and at antiques fairs and interior design shows in America.

Mrs Jane Gardiner