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Sèvres is one of the best known names in porcelain and is still in production in France. Starting out in 1704 as the Vincennes factory, it changed name when it relocated to Sèvres just west of Paris in the mid 1750s and enjoyed Royal patronage from the outset.

Sèvres is renowned for the production of hard paste porcelain and has continuously made both tablewares and decorative pieces. Its high quality painted decoration has covered the full gamut of different fashionable styles and techniques over its long history.


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Sèvres pot at Drouot auction is one of Versailles pair

06 May 2019

Included in a mixed-discipline sale held in Paris by Daguerre (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Drouot was a Sèvres bough pot in soft paste porcelain.

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Icons of France emerge in Carmarthen

18 March 2019

This pair of plates, one of them extensively damaged and riveted, proved much more popular than predicted in a sale held in Carmarthen by Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Second tranche of the Richard Baron Cohen collection offered at Lempertz in Cologne

18 March 2019

Last November, Lempertz in Cologne held a successful sale of 19th century porcelain from the so-called Twinight Collection, amassed from 1994 by the New York businessman Richard Baron Cohen.

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Obituaries: David Lavender and Judith Howard

11 February 2019

Obituaries for a portrait miniatures expert and a renowned Sevres expert.

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Dealer offers fine and extensive single-owner collection of porcelain in sections over a year

21 January 2019

Building a collection can be the work of a lifetime. Selling is often a much quicker affair. But dealer Haydn Hansell of Juno Antiques is being far from hasty when it comes to the fine assortment of mostly 18th century porcelain he offers this year.

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London’s slice of Marly Rouge

16 July 2018

Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) main summer sale of European ceramics took place at its Bond Street rooms on July 5. On offer were 245 lots which raised a hammer total of just under £600,000, with a 62% take-up.

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Napoleon’s Sèvres dessert service sells at $1.8m at Rockefeller auction in New York

10 May 2018

A Sèvres dessert service commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte and known as the ‘Marly Rouge’ service has been sold for a premium-inclusive $1.84m (£1.36m) at Christie’s New York Rockefeller sale.

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Pick of the Week: Bidders go ape for rare Sèvres teapot

26 June 2017

A Sèvres teapot from the Louis-Philippe era sold for an unexpected £13,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Kingham & Orme in Broadway, Worcestershire, on June 17.

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Stellar Sèvres vases at Bonhams

19 June 2017

A pair of 12in (30cm) high Sèvres hard paste vases painted with elaborate chinoiserie sea battles by Jean-Jacques Dieu, proved the highlight of Bonhams’ June 14 sale of European ceramics.

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Sèvres and Vincennes among highlights at Bonhams

15 May 2017

Following the glass and British ceramics auction, which takes place in Bonhams’ Knightsbridge rooms this week, the auction house holds its main European ceramics sale of the summer in New Bond Street on June 14.

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French King’s gift to Sir Thomas Lawrence

29 August 2012

A pair of Sèvres porcelain ice-cream pails will be offered for sale at Clevedon Salerooms, near Bristol, on August 30.

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SOTHEBY’S - Furniture and objects

23 December 2004

MINDFUL of how demand at many sales is polarised between the ‘best and the rest’, Sotheby’s (20/12% buyer’s premium) decided to tackle this prevalent attitude head on with a new type of sale.

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Fame is the spur for plates

18 August 2004

THE general strength of the Sèvres market was reinforced in spades by the very strong prices paid for two plates that featured in Christie’s King Street sale on July 5. Both are from celebrated services and both have the type of bold, slightly more masculine decoration that is currently fashionable.

Stinton to rescue at the double after ‘Sèvres’ let-down

16 March 2004

WHAT would otherwise have been a sound enough sale at Andrew Grant Auctioneers (15% buyer's premium), Worcester, on February 19 provided two trade talking points – one positive, the other negative – after the differing fortunes of three lots among the ceramics.

Record for Sèvres with the Emperor’s new clothes

14 June 2002

There was a French auction record for Sèvres under the Ferri (17.94%/ 11.96% buyer’s premium) gavel at Drouot on May 24 when the large Empire period fuseau vase, shown here, was offered for sale.

Magic fountains, Picasso’s pottery and wetting the Dauphin’s head – Sèvres-style

23 January 2002

FRANCE: A gilded and bleu céleste Louis XVI Sèvres cup and saucer, right, 51/2in (14cm) tall and known as the Gobelet Dauphin, sold over estimate for Fr260,000 (£24,800) at Piasa in Paris on December 7.