This public institution comprises the prestigious Manufacture de Sèvres porcelain manufactory in activity since the 18th century and the National Ceramics Museum founded the following century.
The Manufacture is a one-of-a-kind wellspring for the creation of new forms and colours, where excellence and expertise are faithfully transmitted from one generation to the next. Its long tradition of hosting guest artists has ever allowed Sèvres to produce the most daring porcelain artworks. The Sèvres Museum represents an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the Manufacture’s own artisans and for visiting creators and collectors. The museum houses works from all around the world and from every era (pottery, faience, stoneware, porcelain from Sèvres and elsewhere) and its exhibitions present fascinating juxtapositions.
At the Sèvres National Manufactory and Museum, noble durable porcelain is produced and showcased in all its many forms: sculptures, decorative objects, tableware, artworks, designer creations, etc.
A unique programme of events and activities (workshop tours, permanent and temporary exhibitions, gallery visits, cultural and educational activities...) lends centre stage to contemporary creations and international creativity. Sèvres’ exceptional location on the outskirts of Paris, bordering the Domaine de Saint-Cloud and overlooking the majestic Seine River, offers nature-lovers and cultural enthusiasts a host of fascinating perspectives and discoveries.
In January 2010, the Sèvres National Porcelain Manufactory and the National Ceramics Museum were combined to form a single entity under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture: Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique. The addition in May 2012 of the Adrien Dubouché National Museum of Limoges in turn created the Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres & Limoges. This complementary combination and cross fertilization of three renowned establishments has allowed the institution to underline its position as an influential international centre of the ceramic arts, while respecting each entity’s respective identity and missions.
Member of the Colbert Committee since 1986 and a Living Heritage Establishment since 2012, the institution wonderfully illustrates the great wealth of France’s national collections, as well as the excellence of the French arts and crafts.
The Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres & Limoges is governed by a Board of Directors and an Artistic, Scientific and Cultural Council.