Founded by a group of potters in 1740 and reestablished in larger quarters in the village of Sèvres in 1756, Sèvres had become one of the leading porcelain manufacturers in Europe by 1800. The firm began to move toward Art Nouveau in 1891 and by the late 1890s joined fully in the ceramics revolution. Forms, clay types, and glazes were enormously varied, ranging from simple shapes with underglaze painting to complex organic shapes with abstract glazes. Art Nouveau styles existed alongside of more traditional production at Sèvres until around the time of World War I. Throughout its history, the firm worked with talented artists, including Theodore Deck, Taxile Doat and Émile Decoeur, to produce fashionable ceramic vessels and objects.

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