One of the most prized segments of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s permanent collection is the large group of French eighteenth-century porcelain, much of it bequeathed by the renowned collector J. Pierpont Morgan. More than 250 individual pieces from the manufactories of Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Villeroy-Mennecy, Vincennes and Sèvres are now published in full for the first time. Extensive research by the authors has resulted in important new insights into this impressive collection and significantly advances our knowledge of French porcelain.
The entries cover the history of all the objects, their form, usage, and decoration. Scholarly commentary is provided on their dating, style, decorators, and historical context. The porcelain has been arranged chronologically by type within each manufactory. An introductory essay recounts the part played by J. Pierpont Morgan in acquiring the porcelain and other French decorative arts at the beginning of the twentieth century. The glossary of terms and techniques and the full index add to the accessibility of the text.
Authors: Linda H. Roth and Clare Le Corbeiller
Publisher: Wadsworth Atheneum,U.S.
Publication Date: 27 October 2000
416pp, 24.1 x 4.2 x 31.1 cm