Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, ‘Trois assiettes du service « fond nankin à figures » : L’Histoire (Three plates (part of service) "fond nankin with figures:" History)’, 1802-1803, Château de Fontainebleau

Collection: Château de Fontainebleau, Musée Napoléon I, Fontainebleau

INV. F 2011.1.1, F 2014.19 et F 2011.1.4

Signature: Marques incisées de divers ouvriers ou tourneurs : Bi, CCI, Marques imprimées au rouge de fer : Sèvres et II, pour l’an XI (23 septembre 1802-22 septembre 1803).

Image rights: © RMN-Grand Palais / Château de Fontainebleau / Gérard Blot

"Pius VII Faces Napoleon: The Papal Tiara in the Eagle's Talons"

Venue: Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau (2015)

Hist. : acquis auprès de la galerie parisienne Vandermeersch, L’Histoire et La Concorde avec la participation de Philippe Sacerdot et Giles Ellwood en 2011, La Terre par l’État seul en 2014

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