"choice pieces of Sèvres"
A Sèvres sugar bowl, c. 1770
Public DomainA Sèvres sugar bowl, c. 1770 - Credit: Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

 Sèvres is a fine, expensive make of French porcelain.

The original factory was opened by Louis XV as the Vincennes manufactory, and then moved to Sèvres in the southwestern suburbs of Paris in 1756. The porcelain was supposed to rival that produced in China, and Sèvres soon became Europe’s leading manufacturer of delicate, exquisitely decorated vases.

The Sèvres Museum, which is independent of the factory, houses 50,000 pieces of porcelain from throughout the ages.