A. Bakker & Sèvres
A. Bakker & Sèvres
Aldo Bakker, 2013
Manufacture de Sèvres
In the continuity of Sèvres ongoing collaborations with artists since 1749, the heralded porcelain manufacturer invites Dutch design artist, Aldo Bakker to create a series of decorative and functional porcelain objects. The resulting collection includes six limited edition pieces that either pour, contain, store, or simply embody the absent gesture as they balance on their centre. Meandering lines, intertwined forms, and dripping volumes relate to the fluid character of the material. Each object plays with the archetypical characteristics of the pourer: a container, a spout, and a handle. These elements are enlarged, reduced and merged, resulting in objects which might only give a suggestive representation of the act of pouring.
In 1756, the King of France, Louis XV, moved the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres closer to the court of Versailles as advised by his official mistress, cultural advisor and historical patron of the Arts, Madame de Pompadour. The Manufacture Royale de Sèvres produced the ceramic and sculptural works for the King’s Court and its collectors. For centuries France proudly preserved the institutional manufacturer as it keeps carrying on the national heritage of the French savoir-faire from one master-ceramicists generation to the next.
Over the years, the manufacturer collaborated with some of the most established artists and designers, building a significant portfolio of pieces, most of which are exhibited in major museums today. Sèvres’ repertoire of collaborations include French luminaries such as Francois Boucher, Joseph Duplessis, and Eteienne Falconnet in the 18th century, and Auguste Rodin in the 19th century. Twentieth century collaborations include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Alexander Calder and Serge Poliakoff. Louise Brougeois, Pierre Alechinsky, Zao Wou-ki and Fabrice Hyber paved way for contemporary artists that include Yayoi Kusama, Etorre Sottsass, Bertrand La- vier, Pierre Soulages, José Levy, Christian Biecher, Pierre Charpin, Michele De Lucchi, Barthélémy Toguo, Andrea Branzi, and Aldo Bakker.
Unique porcelain elaborated at Sèvres in 1882
Fired at 1280° C
H 20.5 x W 39.5 x L 49.5 cm
* 1 Piece Currently Available in New York
** Please contact Les Ateliers Courbet to inquire for made-to-order editions