Connecticut Ceramics Cicle presents annual spring seminar

Louis XV’s Vase ‘pot-pourri Hebert’, a piece from 1760, will be discussed.

Louis XV’s Vase ‘pot-pourri Hebert’, a piece from 1760, will be discussed.

For its 25th anniversary year, the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is presenting Dame Rosalind Savill, a world authority on Sevres porcelain, as keynote speaker for the annual spring seminar on Monday, April 14 at 9 a.m.

A ceramics scholar, Dame Rosalind will discuss French Royal Porcelain Factories of Sevres & Vincennes in three separate illustrated lectures. The half-day seminar will take place at the Bruce Museum and conclude at 2 p.m. As part of the event, a French-inspired lunch will be served before the last presentation.

Dame Rosalind will delve into her first topic, An Introduction to Sevres Porcelain, by discussing its beginnings as a royal porcelain factory in 1740 at Vincennes, France, followed by its move to a purpose-built factory in the town of Sevres in 1756, and continuing to this day. Calling these early days as a “superlative combination of science and art,” Dame Rosalind will tell the story of talented chemists, designers, sculptors, painters and gilders — all who contributed to providing fashionable up-to-the-minute objects for court use and display by noble houses.

The partnership of King Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour became a contributing dynamic that raised the level of workmanship and the reputation of the royal factories. In this second topic, Madame de Pompadour: A Chronology of her Life as a Patron of the Sevres Factory, Dame Rosalind will show how Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, had a key role in factory success. By tracing her annual purchases from 1747-1763, it is possible to see into the life of a royal mistress as she enhanced her dinner tables and boudoir or bought items for medicinal use, staff gifts, and diplomatic exchanges.

In her final topic, From French Royal Patrons to English Lords & American Tycoons: Sevres Porcelain Collecting from the 18th Century to Today, Dame Rosalind will follow the porcelain trail that led from former court life at 18th-century Versailles to 19th- and 20th-century collectors and connoisseurs.

A native of England, Dame Rosalind is internationally acknowledged as an authority on the French decorative arts. The seminar fee, which includes materials and lunch, is $95 for members and $135 for non-members. Reservations are necessary.

Send reservations and checks to Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle (CCSC), 91 Dorchester Road, Darien, CT 06820. For information, contact [email protected] The Bruce Museum is located at One Museum Drive.

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