2017 Symposium – Saint–Cloud to Bernardaud: New Horizons in French Porcelain, 1690-2000

20th & 21st October 2017
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN

A symposium organised by the French Porcelain Society.

Chair and organiser: Dr Aileen Dawson, former Curator, The British Museum, London.

From top left: Saint-Cloud Vase, 1695–1710 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Bastien & Bugeard Clock, 1848–58 (Paris: Musée des Arts décoratifs); Mennecy Jug, 1760 (London: Victoria and Albert Museum); Villeroy Monkey, 1745 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Guérhard & Dihl Vase, 1797–1804 (Clandon Park, National Trust); and Bernardaud Vase, 2015, by Hervé Van Der Straeten.

The symposium will present ground-breaking new research on a broad range of French porcelain factories operating from the late 17th century up to the present day. Many of these factories have at times been unjustly neglected in favour of the royal factory at Sevres, even though their productions could at times rival its splendid output, and all were responding to the same changes in taste and fashion. Papers will focus on Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Mennecy, and factories in Eastern France, such as Strasbourg and Niderviller, those operating in Paris in the late 18th and 19th centuries, such as Dihl, Shoelcher and Dagoty, and the Limoges factories in production in the 19th century and up to the present day. The location, capitalisation, techniques of manufacture, employment of artists, sculptors and designers, marketing and clientèle will be explored by some twenty leading international scholars.

The papers include:

On the 17th and 18th centuries

Errol Manners, The Porcelain of Villeroy

Nicole Duchon, Mennecy Villeroy, some surprising new discoveries

Pamela Roditi Two travellers: Robinson and Clara

John Whitehead, The painter Piat-Joseph Sauvage: his work on porcelain at Dihl

Iris Moon, Use your illusion: Niderviller ceramics and rococo aesthetics at the Eighteenth-Century French border

On the 19th century

Tamara Préaud, Brongniart and the ‘Exposition des Produits de l’industrie (1819-1844)

Audrey Gay-Mazuel, Parisian porcelain makers and the mid-19th century rococo revival

Sonia Banting, A little-known maker of pâte-sur-pâte: Charles Pillivuyt (1810-1872) and his porcelain factory in the Berry region

Virginie Desrante, Jules Lesme and Limoges in the style of Bernard Palissy

Howard Coutts Paris and other French porcelain in the Bowes Museum

Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Dagoty, porcelain manufacturer to the Empress Josephine, designs and their realisation

On the 20th century

Isabelle Laurin, Women artists and designers in the French porcelain industry (1920-1945) Hélène Huret, Arists and Designers at Bernadaud, Limoges, from Kees Van Dongen to Jeff Koons, know-how and invention

The symposium is open to members and non-members of The French Porcelain Society.

Bursaries are available for scholars who wish to attend.

If you would like to attend, please e-mail: fpsgeneral@gmail.com to register your interest and you will receive confirmed details as soon as we have them.

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