Bernardaud: The sophistication and elegance of French top china

Bernardaud: The sophistication and elegance of French top china

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The golden leaves and plants become alive under the subtle contrast of the material.

BernardaudThe Praiana series draws inspiration from the Art Nouveau style, and is inspired by the freedom of nature. Through curves and arabesques, it is reminiscent of the very fashionable light green clothes of the 1920s.

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As the "French Porcelain Capital", the city of Limoges has long been synonymous with "premium porcelain". Among the many porcelain brands in Limoges, Bernardaud's name is particularly popular. Its predecessor was a porcelain factory founded in 1863, which was later acquired and operated by the Bernardaud family, and it has been passed down to the fifth generation.

Over the years, Bernardaud has not only designated porcelain for the palace banquets of the Russian Tsar, Napoleon of France, and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. Favored by cruise ships. While maintaining the traditional porcelain craftsmanship, Bernardaud has also used innovative production techniques and created side-by-side with artists to continuously revitalize the century-old porcelain.

BernardaudStarted in Limoges, France

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The story of Bernardaud and Limoges porcelain began with a wonderful encounter.

In 1768, in Saint-Irie, a small city tens of kilometers away from Limoges, a housewife discovered a white clay with excellent malleability and used it to clean and bleach clothes. Later, people were delighted to discover that this clay is kaolin.

Kaolin is the secret of Chinese porcelain. It can make the porcelain light, thin and tough, and exude a pure and delicate light. Once, France could only import expensive porcelain from China for the nobles to enjoy, and the discovery of Limoges kaolin meant that the French could own their own porcelain.

BernardaudThe face of Bernardaud in Limoges since 1863.

A century later, people's demand for porcelain has increased, and many porcelain factories in Limoges have also emerged. An apprentice named Léonard Bernardaud used his own efforts and spent 20 years to become a partner in one of the porcelain factories. In 1900, Léonard Bernardaud bought this porcelain factory and named it the family name. He was committed to increasing the output of porcelain, and Bernardaud's porcelain was sold more and more farther and farther across the ocean to the United States.

BernardaudThe appearance of Bernardaud headquarters.

In 1986, Bernardaud acquired the Ancienne Manufacture Royale, which had been making porcelain for the French royal family and nobility, and inherited the rich traditional porcelain craftsmanship and aesthetics. In addition, Bernardaud continues to explore modern production techniques such as static pressure, so that exquisite porcelain can be industrialized and mass-produced, so as to be more adapted to modern life.

BernardaudToday, Bernardaud's porcelain business has come to the fifth generation heir Michel Bernardaud. The seemingly conservative family business model has ensured that Bernardaud's exquisite craftsmanship and innovative spirit can be passed on from generation to generation.

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Bernardaud"We all underestimated the wisdom of our hands"

BernardaudBernardaudBernardaudEcume's hollow carvings produce subtle effects in materials and works, making it a modern and poetic series.

Bernardaud's two factories produce millions of fine porcelains every year. Each piece of porcelain needs to go through the first firing from the embryo into the mold, drying for 12-24 hours, 980 degrees Celsius, hand glazing, and the second firing at 2552 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, Bernardaud's strict quality control will screen out at least a quarter of the products, and the remaining prototypes will be hand-decorated by the craftsmen.

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Bernardaud

Different product series will use different decoration techniques-but each is a test of the craftsmanship. Among them, gold inlay is Bernardaud's most proud craft. Craftsmen will apply acid-resistant varnish to the decal, and then carefully attach it to the porcelain.

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Bernardaud

Then, the artisans placed the porcelain in a strong acid liquid, so that the parts that were not protected by the varnish were "carved". After washing, beautiful gullies would appear on the porcelain. These gullies were painted with gold or platinum, and after two more firings, the decoration work was completed. In addition to gilding inlays, overglaze painting is also a common decorative technique, and even the seemingly simple line decorations are hand-painted by Bernardaud's craftsmen.

BernardaudThe Botanical Garden series brings flowers to the table to bring a bright atmosphere.

BernardaudThe CONSTANCE series symbolizes strength, eternity and peace through hand-painted acorn, oak and laurel leaf graphics.

BernardaudKintsukuroi (金缮い) is a series inspired by the "Mending Craft Using Gold" from Japan.

The most rigorous and exquisite craftsmanship are hidden in Bernardaud's Ancienne Manufacture Royale workshop. There will be replicas of French court porcelain from the 18th to 19th centuries, and each piece must be as exquisite as the original in the museum.

BernardaudAUX FLEURS DES CHAMPS LITRON Cup and Plate

Aux Fleurs Des Champs cups and plates, historical originals were born around 1790, and are now in the National Porcelain Museum of Limoges. Its uniqueness lies in its grayish gray color, which is extremely rare in porcelain. Bernardaud

AUX OISEAUX LITRON Cup and Plate

Aux Oiseaux cups and plates, historical originals, born in 1810, are now in the National Museum of Malmaison Castle. This cup and plate combines the artistic styles of ancient Egypt and ancient Rome.

BernardaudAUX CHINOIS LITRON Cup and Plate

Aux Chinois cups and plates, historical originals were born between 1793 and 1802 and are now in the Sèvres Ceramic Museum. The purple on this cup and plate was very rare in Europe in the 18th century, and it was difficult to show on porcelain. The pattern drawn on it is a picture of China.

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 AUX CHINOIS LITRON Cup and Plate

Although machine production has been extremely convenient, Bernardaud still insists on using craftsmen and handwork to complete important steps. "In the West, many people are reluctant to work in factories, and young people prefer mental work." Michel Bernardaud said, "However, brands like ours need to know that the light of human wisdom is not just in the brain. It also lies in the hands."

Therefore, Bernardaud is also willing to spend time to accompany the growth of apprentices-those young people from art, design and ceramics schools need to undergo two years of training in the factory just for drawing embryos.

BernardaudNot only porcelain, but also an art of living

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Every year, Michel Bernardaud spends 60% of his time traveling. He is a well-experienced glutton who often lingers between restaurants and hotels, looking for the latest food, and has established a deep friendship with customers and chefs.

BernardaudMichel Bernardaud of Le Comptoir, Yves Camdeborde, Paris © Emmanuel Fradin

"In Paris, I take my clients to lunch or dinner. I never take others to breakfast, because that’s not something French do. I like to take artists and creative workers to my favorite Places, such as Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, are formal, and the food and service are impeccable; you might also see me in Le Comptoir, Yves Camdeborde's restaurant."

BernardaudBernardaudIn addition to the unique cooking skills and ingredients in French cuisine, the arrangement of the dishes and the echo of the utensils are also very important. These are the two most important points that Bernardaud implements: art and dining, bringing a sense of vision and taste to the table Art feast.

BernardaudFamous Spanish restaurant Cenador de Amós

BernardaudFood designer: chef.mojo

BernardaudBernardaudBernardaud has formed a wonderful linkage with artists and chefs, and this sense of activity seems to be traceable-once, Michel's father actively contacted Raymond Loewy  for cooperation, and then Bernardaud His first set of modern dining porcelain; his grandfather took a boat from France to New York, just to experience the Art Deco movement.

BernardaudBernardaud x Jeff Koons

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Bernardaud x David Lynch

BernardaudBernardaud x JR xPrune Nourry

Today, Bernardaud has accumulated a long list of artist friends and has also contributed wonderful porcelain art with them. For example, Jeff Koons used that iconic balloon animal into a porcelain sculpture; David Lynch used bizarre illustrations and 12 porcelain plates to tell a story called "The Boundless Sea"; French artists JR and Prune Nourry used their hands The image of is printed on the dinner plate, implying that human beings use their hands to create and share a better life...

"Sophisticated" is probably the best adjective for Bernardaud, sophisticated and elegant. This temperament, which has been deposited for a hundred years, will continue to decorate one table after another of pleasant feasts.

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