Cloth $350.00 ISBN: 9781905686100 Published March 2010 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

French Porcelain

In the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen - 3 volumes

Geoffrey de Bellaigue

French Porcelain

Geoffrey de Bellaigue

Distributed for Royal Collection Trust

1,312 pages | 3 volumes; 2400 illustrations | 10 x 13
Cloth $350.00 ISBN: 9781905686100 Published March 2010 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

The Royal Collection contains one of the finest groups of eighteenth-century Sèvres porcelain in the world. It’s importance has long been recognised, but it is only with the publication of Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue’s monumental three-volume catalogue raisonné that it’s richness, variety and range can be fully appreciated.

The three volumes cover all the French porcelain in the Collection made at Sèvres and in the Paris factories before 1830, although the chief emphasis is on the King’s aquisition of outstanding pieces of eighteenth-century Sèvres porcelain.

Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue was Director of the Royal Collection and Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art until 1996. A former Trustee of the Wallace Collection and Honorary President of the French Porcelain Society from 1985 to 1999, he is regarded as one the world’s leading authorities on Sèvres porcelain and has published extensively on the decorative arts in the Royal Collection.


Volume I
Note to the Reader
1.   The Formation of the Collection
2.   Figure Painting
3.   Bronzes
4.   Later Decorated Pieces
5.   Plaques
6.   Sculpture
7.   Paris Porcelain

The Catalogue
Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain 

Volume II
Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain
      Vases (cont.)
      Cups and Saucers

Volume III
Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain
      Cups and Saucers (cont.)
      Sugar Bowls
      Tea Pots and Chocolate Pot
      Broth Basins and Covered Cups
      Jugs and Basins
      Clocks and Plaques
      Nineteenth-century Wares
Paris Porcelain
      Eighteenth-century and Nineteenth-century Wares

A.   Steel Dies for Jewelling supplied to the Sèvres Manufactory between 1780 and 1785
B.   Index of Sèvres Painters and Gilders
C.   Incised Marks on Eighteenth-century Vincennes and Sèvres Porcelain
D.   Carlton House Inventory of 1826
E.   Items in Laking’s Catalogue no longer identifiable in the Royal Collection

A.   Shapes of Eighteenth-century Sèvres Tableware in this Catalogue
B.   Gilt Bronze Plinths and Bases

Select Bibliography
Photographic Acknowledgements
General Index

Review Quotes
Rosalind Savill | The Burlington Magazine

“No other Sèvres catalogue could match this one, not just because the size and scope of the Royal Collection has been unbeaten for 180 years, nor because the sheer beauty of the publication is unsurpassed, but because it brings together the expertise of a lifetime. At a moment when some see the eighteenth century as an endangered area of study (and this is never more true than of the decorative arts of the period), and when object-based research needs to fight for its place among all the other activities in museums today, it is wonderful to see the Royal Collection investing in and valuing scholarship at this high level.”

Aileen Dawson | The Art Newspaper

“A sumptuous catalogue which is a pleasure to read and a mine of all sorts of information.”

Selma Schwartz | Apollo Magazine

“A monumental three-volume work that scholars, collectors, and amateurs of Vincennes/Sèvres porcelain have been anticipating eagerly for such a long time and the likes of which will probably never be seen again. . . . The superbly detailed photographs replicate the experience that only a very few curators or collectors are privileged to experience.”

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