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Sèvres Clock and Candelabra Set

Sèvres Clock and Candelabra Set

Inv. No. CE3/01261, CE3/01389, CE3/01390

This clock is made of ormolu and decorated with painted Sèvres-style porcelain plaques. It consists of a hexagonal base that includes the clock face. On the clock face, there is a group of three cherubs and a goat in a pyramid composition. Two of the cherubs are lying down, one of which is sounding a horn. In the centre, the third cherub is playing with a goat or trying to tame it by grabbing its head. The plaque scenes of cherubs and flower garlands are framed in blue. The candelabras are also made of gilded bronzeormulu, with small Sèvres-style porcelain plaques. They have five arms joined by garlands of bunches of grapes and on the base there are musical cherub figures playing a drum and castanets. This set is from the 19th century.

The Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres (the national porcelain factory in Sèvres, France) was created in 1738 and set up within the Chateau de Vincennes. The products of this initial period or “Vincennes period” are made from soft-paste porcelain and are of inconsistent quality. In 1753, the factory was renamed “Manufacture Royale de porcelain”, and prohibited the rest of France from manufacturing porcelain or white china decorated similar to porcelain. In 1756, the factory relocated to a new building in Sèvres. In 1768, the discovery of kaolin (china clay) and petuntse (china stone) deposits made the production of hard porcelain possible, which became the only material used from 1800. The factory produced tableware, decorative objects and figures, following the current styles of the era (Rococo, Neoclassical or Empire).

Items displayed in the Hall, first floor.

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