Salle De Buffets
Palace of Versailles,
Versailles France, 2019
The history of French porcelain begins in the 17th century. It took almost 50 years for the French craftsmen to learn this particular art, which was somehow an exclusive privilege of the Chinese manufacturers.
However, as soon as the secret of manufacturing and painting became known, porcelain was associated with the reputation of France and the French way of living. This reputation spread beyond the borders of the French Empire and influenced the eating habits of Europe, while being a testament to the good taste and nobility of their owners.
In 1760 the royal porcelain factory “Manufacture nationale de Sèvres” dominated the European market and introduced the “Rococo” style, which was mainly associated with Louis XVI.
The collection of porcelain items at the Palace of Versailles rarely includes pieces of Louis XV and his grandson, Louis XVI. Almost the whole collection was looted during the French Revolution and scattered throughout the country. Since 1990, there has been a systematic effort to regain the royal porcelain items that have been described as masterpieces of French decorative art.
MUEVO undertook the construction of a custom oak display case, with silk interior and gold leaf details for the Billiard Room of the Palace of Versailles which houses the porcelain items. The architecture of the display cases follows externally the contemporary style, while they are equipped in the interior with the most advanced security, conservation and lighting systems