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Beautiful Thing: A Passion for Porcelain
 
Beautiful Thing: A Passion for Porcelain

1 x 60 min for BBC Four
Broadcast: June 18/th, 2013

In this arts documentary for BBC4, Ros Savill (former director and curator at The Wallace Collection) tells the extraordinary story of some incredible and misunderstood objects; the opulent, intricate, gold crested, (and now much maligned) Sèvres porcelain of the 17th Century.

Ros Savill attempts something brave and unusual. Rather than telling us about another great modernist, cubist or abstract artist that we know we ought to appreciate. She makes us appreciate and even possibly fall in love with objects that have fallen way out of fashion and been aesthetically undervalued for years – 17th Century French decorative Arts. She unravels the stories of some incredible and intricate objects, re-connecting us with the lives and stories of the artists and craftsmen who created them as well as the patrons and collections who have owned them.

Video Clips
An introduction to Sèvres porcelain   Learning to like Sèvres porcelain
An introduction to Sèvres porcelain   Learning to like Sèvres porcelain
Photos
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Crew:
Directed and Produced by:
Randall Wright
Executive Producers:
Nancy Bornat
Claire Whalley

Camera:
Patrick Duval
David Niblock

Sound:
Geoff Price
Editors:
Paul Binns
Hannah Briere-Edney

Head of Production:
Nic Preston
Production Coordinator:
Hannah Melia


 

Related Links:
www.timeout.com

  “We see the origins of Sèvres porcelain, in a seventeenth-century French aristocratic society yet to see the revolution that would take away these indulgences. With a piece of porcelain for every purpose, it’s more a study of the overly wealthy than anything else. It’s fun to see these luxurious, often superfluous items in all their over-the-top glory, and the playful tone of the documentary is a good match. It’s a good defence, and a surprisingly engaging one too.”
Time Out