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Exuberant design: Jean-Claude Duplessis at the Sèvres porcelain manufactory

Sèvres porcelain exemplified the ingenuity of French eighteenth-century craftsmanship, and none more so than the work of Jean-Claude Duplessis.

Jean-Claude Duplessis was a goldsmith, sculptor and gilt-bronze founder who during the 1750s and 60s designed vase models of unprecedented technical and stylistic sophistication for Sèvres.

Taking his inspiration from a variety of sources – from elephants’ trunks to royal table ornaments – his complex designs were challenging and costly to produce.

Highlighting objects in our Collection, this film by Laura Langelüddecke, our Assistant Curator, explores why Duplessis’ objects are still admired to this day.


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