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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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Sevres Style Porcelain Cobalt Blue Lidded Urn
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Sevres Style Porcelain Cobalt Blue Lidded Urn
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1005 Bids
Antique Sevres Porcelain Bowl
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Sevres Porcelain Bowl
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$803 Bids
Etagère with 3 levels, Sevres,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Etagère with 3 levels, Sevres,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,1002 Bids
urn vase, Sevres, France, epoc
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
urn vase, Sevres, France, epoc
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€5502 Bids
Sevres French Bronze Ormolu Mounted Bowl
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Sevres French Bronze Ormolu Mounted Bowl
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$602 Bids
Sevres Style Palace Sized Porcelain Potpourri Vase
Nov 17, 12:00 PM EST
Sevres Style Palace Sized Porcelain Potpourri Vase
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY SEVRES COVERED URNS, HAND
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY SEVRES COVERED URNS, HAND
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Plate, Sevres, mark I Empire 1
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Plate, Sevres, mark I Empire 1
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Shuttle bowl, Sevres, France,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Shuttle bowl, Sevres, France,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€8001 Bid
Deep plate, Sevres, mark I.Emp
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Deep plate, Sevres, mark I.Emp
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3001 Bid
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SEVRES BISQUE PORCELAIN BUST OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Circa 1921 Total height 13.5”.
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
SEVRES BISQUE PORCELAIN BUST OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Circa 1921 Total height 13.5”.
by Eldred's
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Sevres pair of Empire style casseroles (accidents on the lids) Sizes: H=340mm L=120mm Weig
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Sevres pair of Empire style casseroles (accidents on the lids) Sizes: H=340mm L=120mm Weig
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €600
€2401 Bid
2 Sevres Covered Urns
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
2 Sevres Covered Urns
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $750- $1,500
$6001 Bid
Vase, Sévres, mark 1873, decor
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Vase, Sévres, mark 1873, decor
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€5001 Bid
Plate from a service for Emper
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Plate from a service for Emper
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,0001 Bid
Art Décoratif
Nov 02, 6:30 PM CET
Art Décoratif
by Vanderkindere
Est: €600- €800
€6001 Bid
Sevres Signed Porcelain Lidded Box
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Sevres Signed Porcelain Lidded Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
Sevres (19C.) French Porcelain Casket Dresser Box
Nov 17, 12:00 PM EST
Sevres (19C.) French Porcelain Casket Dresser Box
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Anitque Sevres Ormolu Mounted Large Urn Vase
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Anitque Sevres Ormolu Mounted Large Urn Vase
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $500- $1,000
$2001 Bid
Sevres pair of monumental vases mounted on gilded bronze, painted with romantic scenes, the reverse
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Sevres pair of monumental vases mounted on gilded bronze, painted with romantic scenes, the reverse
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €10,000- €15,000
€10,0000 Bids
19TH C. SEVRES PORCELAIN HINGED BOX GILT DETAILS
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. SEVRES PORCELAIN HINGED BOX GILT DETAILS
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4000 Bids
Dame mit Rosen und Putto.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Dame mit Rosen und Putto.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids
Pair of lidded vases, Sevres s
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Pair of lidded vases, Sevres s
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€7000 Bids
Washing set, 2 pieces, Sèvres,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Washing set, 2 pieces, Sèvres,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids

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