The French Porcelain Society - Zoom Lecture Sunday 1st November 2020

Friday, 30th October 2020.

The French Porcelain Society has sent an invitation to attend their forthcoming Zoom lecture on Sunday 1st November, details of the lecture below.

FPS Living Room Lecture

Sunday, 1 November 2020, 18:00-19:00PM London, UK (GMT)

We are delighted to welcome on our next lecture Mathieu Deldicque, Conservateur du patrimoine at the musée Condé, who will discuss a fascinating comparison between the production at Chantilly and Meissen as presented in his latest exhibition. We hope you can join us!

Please email us for the meeting ID and password 


Mathieu Deldicque



The eighteenth century was marked by the race for porcelain, which was considered as a form of ‘white gold.’ Two princes, Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, and Louis-Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé and prime minister to Louis XV, who suffered from the same ‘porcelain malady,’ were great admirers of ceramics imported at great expense from the Far East. They, in turn, wanted to create their own manufactories in order to compete with productions from Asia and hence affirm their prestige, while also satisfying their passion.
This is the little-known story of two of the most important porcelain manufactories of the first half of the eighteenth century, those of Meissen and Chantilly, that will be told at the Domaine de Chantilly from 5 September 2020 to 3 January 2021.
For the first time, a major exhibition will explore the dialogue between two productions that marked the decorative arts during the Age of Enlightenment. Presented in the prestigious Grand Apartments of the château which also date from the eighteenth century and enhanced by a spectacular setting designed by architect Peter Marino, this exhibition will be an opportunity to admire pieces of a rarely achieved technical skill and luxury, combined with the gaiety of the century of art de vivre.

Image: God of Wealth, Chantilly soft-paste porcelain with polychrome tin enamel decoration, c. 1735–40. Paris, musée des Arts décoratifs, inv. 28232 © MAD Paris - Jean Tholance

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