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The Begining: a Saint Cloud salt, circa 1700

We are always fascinated by the origins of things…. when and where did it all begin? In the porcelain world, it was of course China, around 1,000 years ago. This was so foreign and magical to the Europeans that pieces which made the perilous journey across the globe were only affordable by the most wealthy,…

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The Hope Service Plate, Flight Worcester c. 1790-2

Lavish is the word that best describes this Flight Worcester plate. It’s from the ‘Hope’ service, ordered in 1789 by William Henry, the Duke of Clarence, who was the third son of King George III and eventual inheritor of the British throne at the age of 64 after both brothers died without heirs. William IV…

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Stunning Sèvres discovery, by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (l’âiné), 1765

Birds by Antoine-Joseph Chappuis (aîné), 1765

A SEVRES CUP AND SOCKETED SAUCER (GOBELET ET SOUCOUPE ‘ENFONCE,’ 1ERE GRANDEUR) The Royal French porcelain manufactory at Sèvres was well patronized by the French court, and the pieces they created were meant to be the most flamboyant and impressive luxuries imaginable. This pink ground cup & saucer certainly qualifies. Important Sèvres cup and saucer,…

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