The exposition includes more than one hundred works of French decorative and applied art from the collection of the Radischevsky Museum, among which the most valuable porcelain produced by the Sevres plant.
The earliest things of Sevres porcelain presented among the exhibits are a set for ice cream, performed in the late 1750s in the elegant Rococo style. Decorated with the popular motif of that time from turquoise intertwining ribbons, the set was apparently part of a large service that included about a thousand items.
The fascination with the East in the eighteenth century led to the fact that many European masters began to make things in the "Chinese style", which was called "chinoiserie". This way of decorating visitors to the exhibition can be seen on a plate of dessert service and a cup and saucer, performed in the 1790s.
In the last third of the 18th century, in parallel with the exquisite and ornate rococo style, decorative and applied art develops a more calm and strict style - classicism. To this period belong the exhibited plates from the "Arabesque" and "Sad" services.
Under Napoleon I, classicism is rather fast and is replaced by a kindred, but quite different in spirit, empire style, which carried the idea of asserting imperial greatness. Porcelain products often began to decorate the historical painting, dedicated to the Napoleonic victories. The most spectacular works of the Sevres Manufactory of Napoleon's Epoch, presented at the exhibition, are decorative plates with battle scenes from paintings by A.-Z. Gro and O. Vernet, as well as with the portraits of Napoleon's sister Polina Bonaparte and his adoptive daughter, Queen Holland of Hortense de Beauharnais.
One of the brightest pages in the history of Sevres is porcelain plastic, for which we used a biscuit - not covered with glaze white porcelain. At the exhibition you can see a number of objects from this material, made on the models of famous sculptors of the XVIII century Felix Leconte and Louis-Simon.
A significant place in the collection of the Radishchevsky Museum and at the exhibition are the products of private porcelain enterprises in Paris. Each of them differed in its own handwriting, and the eldest were founded in the last third of the 18th century.
Exhibits of the exhibition allow viewers to trace the history of French porcelain production practically from the opening of the Sevres royal manufactory and to the end of the XIX century. Many of them are exhibited for the first time.
In addition, the exhibition is complemented by items of furniture, gilded bronze watches, trellises from the XVII - XVIII centuries from the workshops of Ojussson, mirrors of French and Venetian masters, emphasizing the fragility and elegance of porcelain products.
In total, the museum's collection currently holds more than 200 pieces of French ceramics made of various materials - soft and hard porcelain, biscuit and faience.