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Sèvres Porcelain

Sèvres porcelain began in 1738 when the brother of France's Ministry of Finance acquired a porcelain manufacturing license from King Louis XV. They produced ornate and hand-painted decorative art pieces for the most privileged families of France. In 1759, Louis XV took over Sèvres' operations, resulting in wider international recognition.

Sèvres' porcelain was known for its rich palette of colors, which was made possible by the low firing temperatures used during production. This type of low-firing porcelain was known as frit porcelain. In 1772, the company began to produce hard-paste porcelain and soon after, the company ceased production of frit porcelain.

After Sèvres was declared the property of the French government in 1798, their workforce was greatly reduced and suffered from shortages of materials. They slowly began to recover when Alexander Brongniart, a scientist skilled in chemistry, was appointed the new administrator, giving way to production efficiencies. Today, Sèvres is regarded as a company that helped advance France's reputation for porcelain making at a time when England and China were more revered in this area.


Quick Facts

  • In 1756, the factory was moved to Sèvres, where it still operates today
  • The Wallace Collection holds the largest collection of Sèvres porcelain in the world
  • The peace treaty between the Ottoman Empire and Allies of World War I was signed at the Sèvres factory in 1920

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LARGE ANTIQUE FRENCH SEVRES PORCELAIN URN VASE
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
LARGE ANTIQUE FRENCH SEVRES PORCELAIN URN VASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
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Antique Imperial Sevres Porcelain Urn Vase
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Imperial Sevres Porcelain Urn Vase
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Est: $200- $2,000
$1005 Bids
Pair Antique Sevres Porcelain & Bronze Painted Vases
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Pair Antique Sevres Porcelain & Bronze Painted Vases
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$1004 Bids
French Sevres Style Gilt Bronze Porcelain Urn
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
French Sevres Style Gilt Bronze Porcelain Urn
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$1004 Bids
Three antique cabinet plates by Sevres, Swansea and other, 19th century, the largest 24.5cm wide
Mar 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Three antique cabinet plates by Sevres, Swansea and other, 19th century, the largest 24.5cm wide
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD120- AUD200
AUD1203 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1102 Bids
Pair Of Sevres Pate Sur Pate Neoclassical Vase Lamps
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Pair Of Sevres Pate Sur Pate Neoclassical Vase Lamps
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2001 Bid
ANTIQUE FRENCH SEVRES PORCELAIN GILT BRONZE VASES
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE FRENCH SEVRES PORCELAIN GILT BRONZE VASES
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Antique Sevres Gilt Bronze and Porcelain Candelabras
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Sevres Gilt Bronze and Porcelain Candelabras
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Large Sevres Style Gilt Bronze Napoleon Urn
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Large Sevres Style Gilt Bronze Napoleon Urn
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Antique French Sevres Gilt Porcelain Box
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique French Sevres Gilt Porcelain Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$11 Bid
MANUFACTURE DE SEVRES COBALT BLUE 6.75 INCH MINIATURE PORCELAIN VASE 1903
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
MANUFACTURE DE SEVRES COBALT BLUE 6.75 INCH MINIATURE PORCELAIN VASE 1903
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
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SEVRES PORCELAIN HINGED TRINKET BOX
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
SEVRES PORCELAIN HINGED TRINKET BOX
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
MANUFACTURE DE SEVRES PORCELAIN NAPOLEONIC COMPOTE
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
MANUFACTURE DE SEVRES PORCELAIN NAPOLEONIC COMPOTE
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $800- $1,000
$6000 Bids
EUGENE POITEVIN (1806-1870) - IMPOSING PAIR OF SEVRES PORCELAIN DISHES DECORATED WITH NYMPHS FROM 19TH CENTURY
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
EUGENE POITEVIN (1806-1870) - IMPOSING PAIR OF SEVRES PORCELAIN DISHES DECORATED WITH NYMPHS FROM 19TH CENTURY
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
PAIR OF SEVRES PORCELAIN VASES MOUNTED ON BRONZE, 19TH CENTURY.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
PAIR OF SEVRES PORCELAIN VASES MOUNTED ON BRONZE, 19TH CENTURY.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
SEVRES - PAIR OF BRONZE MOUNTED PORCELAIN COVERED CASSOLETTES "ROMANTIC SCENES".
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
SEVRES - PAIR OF BRONZE MOUNTED PORCELAIN COVERED CASSOLETTES "ROMANTIC SCENES".
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €800- €1,500
€8000 Bids
SEVRES HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN DISH FEUILLE DE CHOUX CIRCA 1759
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
SEVRES HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN DISH FEUILLE DE CHOUX CIRCA 1759
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $600- $800
$5000 Bids
PAIR SEVRES HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN BOWLS FLORALS 1777
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
PAIR SEVRES HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN BOWLS FLORALS 1777
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
SEVRES - CHATEAU DES TUILLERIES - PORCELAIN BOX DECORATED WITH A GALANT SCENE.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
SEVRES - CHATEAU DES TUILLERIES - PORCELAIN BOX DECORATED WITH A GALANT SCENE.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €600
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A Sevres style lidded vase
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Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,8000 Bids
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Large & Impressive Artist Signed Sevres Porcelain
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Large & Impressive Artist Signed Sevres Porcelain
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Est: $600- $900
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