Showroom de Sèvres

Sèvres showroom

In an exceptional location at the gates of Paris and on the royal road leading to Versailles, the private showroom at Sèvres reveals, by appointment, the unique or limited edition creations of the illustrious Manufacture.

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Description

Housed in the National Ceramic Museum, the Sèvres showroom welcomes you by appointment.
In a cosy atmosphere, you will find a collection of works from the historical repertoire of Sèvres as well as the latest unique or limited edition contemporary creations. Buying a Sèvres ceramic is a real experience. It is to appropriate a part of this unique material and immaterial heritage that the Sèvres craftsmen have been creating every day for nearly 300 years, it is to get a close-up view of this know-how that has been carefully preserved for several generations. It also means meeting the creators who invent new works, new shapes and new colours for the pleasure of collectors and art lovers from all over the world.

The Manufacture de Sèvres

Founded in Vincennes in 1740 at the instigation of Louis XV and the Marquise de Pompadour, the Manufacture was transferred to Sèvres in 1756 in a building built at the initiative of the latter. An exceptional location, at the gates of the capital, on the edge of the domaine de Saint-Cloud and 23 listed buildings which still today house nearly 120 craftsmen and 30 different trades, the true guarantors of a tradition of excellence. The Manufacture de Sèvres is a unique centre of constantly renewed creation, whose workshops can be visited during guided tours. Royal, then imperial and now national, Sèvres has always favoured artistic collaborations. In the 18th century, among the first artists associated with Sèvres were the goldsmith Jean-Claude Duplessis, the sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet and the painter François Boucher, who helped define the identity of Sèvres porcelain. Since then, hundreds of internationally renowned painters, sculptors, ceramists, stylists, decorators, architects and designers have followed their example and created astonishing and precious works of art in the workshops of the Manufacture. The most daring works of art in porcelain are still produced here today under the impetus of the guest artists. Arman, Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Andrea Branzi, Matali Crasset, Johan Creten, Michele de Lucchi, Kristin Mckirdy, nendo, Giuseppe Penone, Ettore Sottsass, Pierre Soulages, Chu Teh-Chun, Barthélémy Toguo, Lee Ufan, Betty Woodman, and Zao Wou-Ki are among the many contemporary artists and designers whose collaborations with Sèvres have left a lasting mark on its history. Seduced by the quality and finesse of porcelain, by the magic of its transformation through fire, by its rich chromatic palette, the invited designers are nourished by their dialogue with the art craftsmen to imagine new objects, new artworks, vases, and other decorative objects that enrich the history of Sèvres before being distributed in the showroom and the Paris boutique, at fairs such as the FIAC, to collectors, cultural institutions and the Palaces of the French Republic.

The National Ceramic Museum of Sèvres

Created at the very beginning of the 19th century by Alexandre Brongniart, administrator of the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, the Musée national de céramique set out to collect, conserve and present ceramics from all times and all countries. Alongside terracotta and glazed earthenware, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, stained glass, painted enamel and glassware complete this vast panorama of the arts of fire. After 200 years of existence, this collection, which is a world reference, now includes more than 55,000 ceramic objects, including nearly 5,000 Sèvres porcelains. It is one of the richest collections of ceramics in Europe.

In the heart of the capital, at n°4 place André Malraux in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, a stone's throw from the Louvre, the Palais-Royal garden and the Comédie française, the galerie de Sèvres presents the latest creations of the Manufacture. A showcase for innovation and renewal in contemporary art and design, its monographic or thematic exhibitions mark the end of an artist's residency or invitation to the Manufacture and are highly prized by art lovers.
The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm.

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Access and contact

2 place de la Manufacture
92310 Sèvres

Metro line 9: "Pont de Sèvres" station (exit n°2) Tramway T2: "Musée de Sèvres" station Buses to the Pont de Sèvres, "Musée de Sèvres" stop: 169, 179, 171, 426 Parking: car parks at the tramway station and at the entrance to the Parc de Saint-Cloud

Days and opening hours

From 01/01 to 3112. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th. The Sèvres showroom welcomes you by appointment. Closed from 23 December to 1 January.

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Spoken languages

  • French
  • English
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