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Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Plate from the Service Arabesque, Assiette Octogone (detail), 1784, soft-paste porcelain, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Rienzi Collection, Museum purchase funded by Carol C. Ballard, Rose and Harry H. Cullen, Isla and Tommy Reckling, Jas A. Gundry, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hudson, Jr., Mrs. Thomas W. Blake, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis, Mr. and Mrs. David Beveridge, Harriett S. Goodman, Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff, and Maria Buke Butler, with additonal funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange.

Rivals, Spies, and the Quest for White Gold: Rienzi’s Porcelain Masterpieces

Friday, Sep 05, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

Discover Rienzi's porcelain splendors! This docent-led tour introduces you to the inspiring development of "white gold" in Europe during the 18th century. Explore the monarchs and vibrant commercial markets that fed the rise of the extraordinary porcelain creations at Meissen, Sèvres, and Worcester. Fueled by rivalry and scientific innovation, these masterpieces reveal the increasing standards of patrons, the diverse function of wares, and the exquisite skill of Europe's modelers, painters, and gilders.

Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations encouraged: 713.639.7800.

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.