On May 19th, Mr. Swede and I toured the Sevres porcelain factory on the outskirts of Paris. I had always loved the quality of Sevres work but never imagined I would visit their museum. [You do know that I am not the kind of pre trip planner who studies every map, review and book before I go! I'm lucky if my passport is still current.] You can purchase a Museum Pass at the lower level office at the Louvre [I highly recommend getting a pass]. When I looked at the list of what museums it covered, Sevres was on there. Mr. Swede wanted to go and lead the way -- good thing I had a personal tour guide as he knew how to get there.
When you get off the train and come up to ground level, you cross the street and then cross over a bridge and it is right there. You can see it when you get to the bridge.
When you enter there is a bookstore on your left and the ticket desk. I only found one book printed in English. And, before I go any further, I want to tell you that I had been pronouncing Sevres wrong. When I asked the guy at the desk about books in English, he very swiftly corrected me. It is "Sev' RUH". I had been saying "Sev-zzzzz".
Then you go up these marble stairs to the exhibits. I think these paintings are done on porcelain not canvas.
My brain just could not grasp all the details of these or understand how an artist could design and make one -- mind boggling to think of what all would have been involved in those years before electricity to produce such masterpieces.
I just know that if Mr. Swede would let me spend the summer traveling around to all the flea markets in France, I would find some of this. Well, I won't bore you with all the photos of dishes in this museum.
The worst part of it was we were there on a Saturday and the gift shop was CLOSED!!!! They told us where their retail store was in Paris and we went there the next day. Can you believe it was CLOSED for remodeling and was going to open back up on May 30th after we had gone home? Oh well, Mr. Swede now knows where it is. Remember, honey, it is near that pharmacy.