Past Exhibitions

Special Exhibition: 300 ans de création à Sèvres - Porcelaine de la Cour de France


This exhibition focuses on the works of the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres or the national porcelain manufactory of Sèvres, which developed under the support of the French court and have been active through the vicissitudes of nearly 300 years. The Sèvres factory finds its origin in the soft-paste porcelain manufactory established in Vincennes, a town in the eastern end of Paris, in 1740. This was in the 18th century, when the desire for porcelain among the people in Europe had been growing to a large extent. With the support of the powerful king Louis XV, the factory was moved to the town of Sèvres, located in between Paris and Versailles, and became a Royal property. In 1769 Sèvres successfully developed the recipe and production techniques of hard-paste porcelain. The court invited their favorite skilled painters and sculptors to produce intellectual and sophisticated works, which were presented to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. They were also given as diplomatic gifts to foreign important figures, captivating the hearts of many kings and aristocrats including the Russian empress Catherine the Great. Surviving the tumultuous times of the French Revolution and by the time of the rise of Napoleon, the forms of Sèvres porcelain shifted to the Neoclassical style. During the age of World Fairs which begun in the mid-19th century, Sèvres produced various innovative works that surpassed the category of “tableware”. Their relationship with Japan begun in the early 20th century, when they worked with the Japanese sculptor Ichiga Numata, the first non-French artist who produced molds for Sèvres ware. Such collaboration with artists is an important part of their work – along the production of traditional tableware – and continues extensively today with leading artists including Pierre Soulages and Yayoi Kusama.
The approximately 130 works from the collection of Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique displayed in this exhibition bespeaks the 300-years history of the manufactory. We hope you will enjoy the charm of Sèvres porcelain, which have always maintained its high degree of elegance and sophistication even through various transitions.


TitleSpecial Exhibition:
300 ans de création à Sèvres - Porcelaine de la Cour de France
DatesSaturday, April 7, 2018~Monday, July 16, 2018
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Closed daysMondays (open on April 30 and July 16)
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last admission: 4:30 pm) Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka / The Asahi Shimbun
Exhibition planning made bySèvres – Cité de la Céramique Sponsored byDai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation ofJapan Airlines, Nippon Express Supported byEmbassy of France in Japan/ Institut français du Japon
AdmissionAdults 1,200 (1,000) yen, university and high school students 700 (600) yen
a.Prices in parenthesis are group discount rates for a party of 20 or more
b.The following visitors are free of charge:
 ①Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Identification Booklet for the Physically Disabled), including one attendant
 ②Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
 ③Junior high school students and younger children
Number of items on displayapproximately 130 works
Also showing[Permanent Exhibition]
Chinese Ceramics of the Ataka Collection
Korean Ceramics of the Ataka and Rhee Byung-chang Collections
Chinese Snuff Bottles of the Oki Shoichiro Collection
Inquiries The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Phone: 06-6223-0055
Fax : 06-6223-0057

Examples of Objects on Display