Signature: Blue Sevres stamp/3, incised B
About Paul Milet
If anyone could be said to have ceramics in his blood, it is Paul Milet, son of Optat Milet, who was himself the son and grandson of a potter. Paul Milet entered his father's pottery workshop in the town of Sèvres in 1894 and for the next 36 years produced high-quality ceramics sold through Parisian shops and decorators. Because his aesthetic preferences kept pace with the fashions of the era, his early work favors the floral and whiplash ornamentation associated with the Art Nouveau era, while his later work is serene, simple, and glazed in high-contrast jazz-age colors. [Source: Jason Jacques]
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About Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
The Sèvres porcelain factory has produced objects and wares heralded for innovative design and technique since its founding in Vincennes, France in 1740. Named after the town to which it moved in 1756, Sèvres porcelain was considered the paragon of 18th-century European porcelain and prized for its cobalt oxide-infused glaze known as “bleu de Sèvres.” However, not until the factory’s 19th-century rebirth under the direction of Alexandre Brongniart did its output explode. Eighty-nine different cup models alone were decorated in styles ranging from Renaissance, to Gothic, to Neoclassical, its commissioned artisans often copying contemporary paintings as well as works by old masters, especially Raphael, onto the wares. Later, as Art Nouveau emerged, asymmetrical, organic forms predominated. Today, the French Ministry of Culture oversees the factory, which continues to produce contemporary designs as well as historical reproductions, as well as its related museum.
French, established 1740