PAST EVENT: 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.



10.00. Arrival at the Wallace Collection – Coffee and Registration

10.30. Welcome from the Chairman, French Porcelain Society, Oliver Fairclough FSA

MORNING SESSION: chaired by Dame Rosalind Savill DBE FBA, FSA, President, French Porcelain Society

10.40. Dr Aileen Dawson FSA, French Porcelain Studies in Britain and France

10.55. Dr Amelia Jackson, Grotesque beginnings: print sources and Saint-Cloud

11.25. Nicole Duchon, Mennecy Villeroy: Some surprising new discoveries

11.55. Errol Manners FSA, The early porcelain of François Barbin at Villeroy and Paris

 12.25. Pamela Roditi, Two Travellers: East meets West: An investigation into two French white soft-paste figures

13.00-14.00. LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION: chaired by Oliver Fairclough FSA

14.00. Cécile Dupont-Logié, Sceaux, Mennecy, Bourg-la-Reine, 1748-1792: The influence of Sèvres

14.20. Mathieu Deldicque, Chantilly porcelain:  New Discoveries

14.50. John Whitehead FSA, The painter Piat-Joseph Sauvage: His work on porcelain at Dihl

15.20. Dr Diana Davis, ‘A capital piece of Angoulême porcelain’: New light on a Dihl & Guérhard vase in the Victoria and Albert Museum

15.50. Dr Valérie Montens, French porcelain in Brussels: The collections of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire

16.10-16.30. TEA

16.30 Dr Jacques Bastian with Frédéric Bastian, Porcelain from Eastern France: Strasbourg, Niderviller, Lunéville, Aprey

 17.00 END OF DAY 1



MORNING SESSION: chaired by Dr Aileen Dawson FSA

10.15 Dr Iris Moon, Use your illusion: Niderviller ceramics and rococo aesthetics at the 18th-century French Border

10.45 Caroline Roelens Duchamp: Petals in Porcelain: A bouquet for Delphine de Sabran, comtesse de Custine

11.15-11.45 COFFEE

11.45. Dr Howard Coutts: Paris and other French porcelain in the Bowes Museum

12.05. Dr Régine de Plinval de Guillebon, Dagoty: Porcelain maker to the Empress Joséphine [delivered by Aileen Dawson]

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

13.05 –14.00 LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION: chaired by John Whitehead FSA

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

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

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

 15.30–16.00. TEA

16.00. Hélène Huret, Artists and Designers at Bernadaud, Limoges, from Kees van Dongen to Jeff Koons: Know-how and invention

 16.30. Céline Paul, From tableware to medicine: the Limoges porcelain industry in the 21st century

 17.00. END OF DAY 2


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

Two-day symposium (mid-morning and afternoon refreshments included):

£100 (members), £110 (non-members), £70 (students)

Buffet lunch: £10 per person per day

Evening reception, Friday 20 October 2017: £15 per person

Bursaries may be available for scholars who wish to attend. To apply, please contact

For any payment queries, please contact Sophie von der Goltz

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