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Madame De Pompadour And The Porcelain Of Sèvres – A Tea Time Talk

7 April, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


The reign of Louis XV (1715-74) witnessed an impressive flowering of the French Decorative Arts. Against a backdrop of political turmoil, the exclusive côterie at Versailles acted out their lives and loves against a background of luxury and good taste which the rest of the world sought to emulate. This attraction was primarily due to the influence of one woman – Mme de Pompadour, née Poisson, originally of bourgeois background yet elevated through her relationship as mistress of the King from 1745 until her death in 1764. She encouraged the arts not only through advancing the career of Rococo artist François Boucher but also through her support of the Sèvres porcelain factory promoting her love of their highly decorative products. As a result many coveted Sèvres, wanting through their purchases to imitate life at the high court. Please join Nicholas Merchant who returns to KCWC through the kind invitation of the BADA Friends. If you are lucky enough to have a Sèvres teapot and cup lingering about, pull it out to enjoy this special tea time talk on porcelain.


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