Acquired by Bernardaud in 1986, the Ancienne Manufacture Royale is part of French history. Offering exact reproductions of original 18th and 19th century museums pieces, Bernardaud helps to preserve a portfolio of skills and techniques that belong to France’s extremely rich cultural heritage while attracting attention to treasures created by porcelain craftsmen.
Established in 1737, the Bernardaud factory was the first to mark its products with the ‘‘Limoges’’ back stamp. In 1774, after kaolin was discovered (1768), Louis XVI placed, the Ancienne Manufacture Royale (AMR) in Limoges under the protection of his brother, the Comte d’Artois, the future Charles X. In 1784, AMR became part of the Manufacture de Sèvres, which wanted an establishment close to the source of raw material supply. Over the centuries, the AMR has preserved traditional skills and ensured that each generation of craftsmen and artists transmits their knowledge to the next. Today, it is creating identical reproductions of 18th and 19th century masterpieces, working closely with the national and international museums that own the originals. This project draws attention to marvelous specimens from France’s porcelain heritage while revisiting history in a very special way.
Here are a few examples of identical replicas:
The Marie-Antoinette dinnerware service set features the pearl and cornflower pattern dear to the queen’s heart. It was made at the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres and delivered to Versailles in January 1782.
In 1787, Louis XVI commissioned the Manufacture Royale to make the Dairy Service, a gift for Marie-Antoinette, to use at her dairy farm in the park of the Château of Rambouillet.
Always interested in the most fabulous pieces, the Ancienne Manufacture Royale has reproduced the Botanique dinnerware service set created in 1831 for Prince William II of Hesse. The service originally comprised 566 pieces in the Empire style, each with a pattern showing a different variety of flower. The AMR collections also include other tableware services (e.g. the Louis XV, the Elysée created for Louis-Philippe, the Jardin du Roi and the Roseraie patterns) as well as a collection of Historic Cups, each with its own story to tell.