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musée des Arts décoratifs
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exhibition decorative arts

At a collector’s table - History of Bordeaux porcelain

Cycle of invitations to a collector

from 15.12.2020
to 03.05.2021

The Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux keeps up its cycle of invitations to a collector. This year, it hosts an amateur’s rich collection of Bordeaux porcelain in the Hôtel de Lalande.

The exhibition comes back to the ephemeral but incredibly fertile history of the Terres de Bordes manufactory. Despite a very short lifespan - and an even shorter production period - the Terres de Bordes manufactory, founded by the Verneuilh family in 1781, produced thousands of pieces, whose colourful and fanciful decorations embellished the Bordeaux tables on the eve of the French Revolution.

The exhibition highlights the formal and aesthetic proximity that exists between the Bordeaux factory and other factories that flourished in France and Europe in the second half of the 18th century. It will thus casts a new light on some pieces previously attributed to Bordeaux.

This event is also an opportunity to come back to the arts of the table during this period: what where the French customs? What did Bordeaux nobility use to eat and how? More broadly, what these practices say about the aristocracy and the merchant bourgeoisie of the time?

Through nearly 300 pieces of porcelain from Bordeaux and other manufacturers, as well as 18th century cooking books and archives, the exhibition comes back to this Bordeaux epiphenomenon, which reflects the passion of the 18th century nobility for the “white gold” and the pleasures of food.


The madd-bordeaux closes its doors for a few weeks. Until we see you again at the museum, a lot of online content is offered to you.

Information: Opening hours, prices, guided tour




  • Guided tours

Saturday November 8 at 3pm 
Saturday November 28 at 3pm
Sunday December 6 at 3pm
Saturday December 12 at 3pm

Entrance to the museum + 1 € - Free for Friends of the museum

  • Meeting around the "Factory of an exhibition"
    November 26, at 6.30 pm

Meeting in two voices with Camille Jolin, curator of the exhibition and Giuseppina Ferrara, manager of works and restorer of porcelain, share their experience in the service of the madd-bordeaux collections: scientific research, selection of works, restoration of pieces, scenography, synthesis etc… in the style of an investigation behind the scenes of the exhibition.

Free access upon registration, within the limit of the number of places available, at

Planter, Terres de Bordes manufactory, Bordeaux, 1787-1790, porcelain
 - ©madd-bordeaux – I. Gaspar Ibeas

Curator of the exhibition
Camille Jolin, Curator of the 17th - 19th century collection at the madd-bordeaux

Graphic design and signs
Izaskun Gaspar Ibeas

The museum wants to thank

Château Haut-Bailly,
mécène d’honneur

The lenders of the exhibition
Un amateur bordelais
Archives de Bordeaux Métropole
Archives départementales de Gironde
Archives départementales de Haute-Vienne
Monsieur Jack de Beurville
Bibliothèque Mériadeck, Bordeaux
Galerie La Métairie – R. Lelandais
Marcognac Terres de Porcelaine
Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux
Musée des Arts de la Table / Abbaye de Belleperche, Cordes-Tolosannes
Musée des Techniques, Beautiran
Musée national Adrien Dubouché, Limoges
Madame Ethel Van Crombrugge

For their fidelity, the museum would also want to thank 
Les Amis et le Cercle du madd-bordeaux
Château Nairac
Farrow & Ball
Hôtel Cardinal
Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel
Les Crus Bourgeois du Médoc
La société de négoce DIVA
Librairie Mollat - Station Ausone

Water jug and basin, Terres de Bordes manufactory, Bordeaux, 1787-1790, porcelain
 - ©madd-bordeaux – I. Gaspar Ibeas