Don’t ever think that a museum filled with porcelain items will be a bore. The Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique museum is nothing but boring. In the town of Sèvres, 10.5 kms (6.5 miles) south-west of Paris, I spent a really pleasurable and interesting two hours in the museum recently. I can actually […]
Don’t ever think that a museum filled with porcelain items will be a bore.
The Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique museum is nothing but boring.
In the town of Sèvres, 10.5 kms (6.5 miles) south-west of Paris, I spent a really pleasurable and interesting two hours in the museum recently. I can actually say ‘at’ the museum, because the museum bordering the Saint-Cloud Park, my visit to the museum was followed by a stroll through the park.
The museum developed over the centuries which followed the year 1740 when Madame de Pompadour, favourite mistress of Louis XV, created a porcelain workshop in the Château of Vincennes. She was a great collector of all things beautiful and these included porcelain items.
In 1876, France having dealt with her Royals by chopping their heads off, and even Napoleon Bonaparte having been and gone, the French State constructed a building over 4 hectares in the Saint-Cloud Park to rehouse the Chateau of Vincennes’s porcelain collection, as well as to found a porcelain manufacturing atelier.
Creator of the museum and the porcelain atelier as we know it today is Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847).
He was – wait for it – a physicist, doctor, chemist, mineralogist, zoologist, geologist and palaeontologist. He did though concentrate mainly on mineralogy, and in 1844, wrote a treatise on ceramic art. (Treatise on the Ceramic Arts.) He was at that time and until his death the director of the ceramics ‘school’ which had become known as the Sèvres Factory.
Today, the museum displays a unique collection of porcelain and earthenware objects, some dating from centuries BC, other items from our era.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week but Tuesday.
It costs 6 Euros to go in.
The address is No. 2 Place de la Manufacture, and the museum borders the Seine River.
This is how to get there:
You take Metro Line 9 from the Chatelet station in central Paris and you must descend at Pont de Sèvres Station which is the end of the line. You leave the station at Exit (Sortie) 2 and you will find ahead of you the River Seine, and you will see the museum on the other bank of the river.
If you have time on your hands after having admired the porcelain, you can take a longer way back to central Paris. This is by taking a tram, something fairly new in the French capital and which the French call a ‘tramway’. It is Tramway T2 ‘Val de Seine’ you must take, and the station is « Musée de Sèvres ».
The tram will bring you to Porte de Vincennes and from there you can take the Metro or a bus to wherever you have to be in Paris.