FPS LIVING ROOM LECTURES
What better way to start 2021 than with a lecture from the one and only, John Whitehead!? On this occasion, John will take us on a journey to discover where the art of the draughtsman, the sculptor and the modeller meet: Sèvres eighteenth-century biscuit sculpture. We hope you can join us!
Living Room Lecture: BISCUIT SCULPTURE AT VINCENNES AND SÈVRES IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: A TRIUMPH OF INNOVATION AND CONTINUITY – John Whitehead
Time: Sunday, 10 January 2021, 18:00PM London, UK (GMT)
Members will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join the online lecture. If you want to join, please contact us for more details on FPSenquiries@gmail.com.
BISCUIT SCULPTURE AT VINCENNES AND SÈVRES IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: A TRIUMPH OF INNOVATION AND CONTINUITY
From its beginnings in the 1740s, the Vincennes-Sèvres porcelain factory produced sculpture, both for use on the dining table for the dessert course and for interior decoration. Initially glazed, sculpture was soon made only in the biscuit state, resembling sugar or marble. Some major artists provided models, firstly Boucher through his drawings, then sculptors such as Falconet, Pajou and Boizot. We will chart the development of sculpture at Sèvres, showing examples of the most famous models, as well as some fascinating rarities, and discuss how biscuit sculpture was displayed.
Image: Le Silène et les Nymphes, modelled in 1759 by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, probably after François Boucher. Private collection