Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory,

Edited by Bertrand Rondot

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October 11, 1999
304 pages, 8 7/8 x 12
ISBN: 9780300081077
Cloth

Published in association with the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York

The Saint-Cloud porcelain manufacture in France holds a unique position in the history of European porcelain: it was the first in Europe to discover the secret of producing soft-paste porcelain, thereby breaking the monopoly of China and Japan and playing a seminal role in the development of porcelain production in Europe. This beautiful book, which documents the manufacture’s production and traces its technical and stylistic evolution, celebrates one of France’s enduring contributions to the decorative arts and culture of Europe.

The book features ten essays by leading scholars of French porcelain that examine not only the history of the Saint-Cloud manufacture but also its influence, aesthetics, patronage, and reception. The essays are supplemented by reproductions of some 250 examples of Saint-Cloud porcelain from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and other museums around the world, along with documentation for each one. The book also includes examples of contemporary works of faience from Delft, porcelain imported from China, and related paintings and works on paper that provide a broader context in which to consider the works produced at Saint-Cloud.

Bertrand Rondot is Curator, 17th and 18th centuries, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

"An awesome, well-documented work. It is essentially a scholarly research effort tracing the production and technical and stylistic evolution of soft paste porcelain seen primarily in works made at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory."—Choice

"None of the previous catalogues is as comprehensive as this one, the first monograph to appear in English. No scholar or amateur of European porcelain can afford to be without it." —Giles Ellwood, Art Newspaper

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