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.
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