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Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Bust of Madame du Barry, c. 1771–73, soft-paste porcelain, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Rienzi Collection, museum purchase funded in memory of Caroline Wiess Law by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Isla and Tommy Reckling, Mrs. James Anderson, Jr., James A. Elkins, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. J. Cooke Wilson, Jr., Fayez Sarofim, James and Elise Reckling, Mr. and Mrs. A. Leslie Ballard, Jr., Mrs. Fred T. Couper, Jr., Mary Criner Blake, Alfredo and Celina Hellmund Brener, Rosslyn and Marshall Crawford, Ellen and Ed Randall III, Mr. and Mrs. Cliffe Reckling, Wilhelmina and Ed Smith, Jr., Mrs. Harold Stream, Jr., Sue and Bill Whitfield, Isabel B. Wilson, Jas A. Gundry, Betty Lou and John Carter, Jr., Joan and Irvin L. Levy, Harry Masterson IV, Alice C. Simkins, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Anderson, Kitty Neuhaus, Buddy English, Jr., Fran Fauntleroy, Katherine S. and George E. Howe, Carolyn and Harry Hudson, Mrs. Joseph C. Hutcheson III, Barbara and John Riddell, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wickman, and Caroline Rotan.

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Rienzi’s Porcelain Masterpieces

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

A close exploration of the porcelain splendors at Rienzi, this tour introduces visitors to the inspiring development of "white gold" in Europe during the 18th century. Discover the monarchs and vibrant commercial markets that fed the rise of the extraordinary porcelain creations of Meissen, Sèvres, and Worcester. Fueled by rivalry and scientific innovation, the porcelain masterpieces reveal the ever-rising standards of patrons, the diverse function of wares, and the exquisite skill of Europe´s modelers, painters, draftsmen, and gilders alike.

$8 Adults
$4 MFAH Members
$5 Senior adults (65+), students with ID, youth (13–18) accompanied by adult

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment for Rienzi.