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1 Man­u­fac­ture et Musée Na­tionaux de Sèvres A place for the cre­ation and cel­e­bra­tion of all things ce­ramic, the ‘man­u­fac­ture’, or fac­tory, has been in Sèvres for 250 years and has a rep­u­ta­tion for craft­ing some of the most spec­tac­u­lar and sought af­ter porce­lain pieces. The mu­seum of­fers vis­i­tors a chance to see just how crafts­peo­ple work to make the pre­cious ob­jects that have given Sèvres its ex­cep­tional rep­u­ta­tion. 2 Place de la Man­u­fac­ture, 92310 Sèvres Tel: (Fr) 1 46 29 22 05 sevrescite­ce­ 2 Musée de Faïence, Moustiers Sainte-marie The pic­turesque vil­lage of Moustiers is home to a spe­cial kind of elab­o­rately dec­o­ra­tive glazed ce­ramic ware, known as faïence, which was once sought af­ter but the up­per ech­e­lons of so­ci­ety. Wan­der the streets of this tiny vil­lage and you will come across a se­lec­tion of ded­i­cated stu­dios pro­duc­ing fine ex­am­ples of faïence, and take a trip the mu­seum to find out more about the craft that made lit­tle Moustiers fa­mous. Rue du Seigneur de la Clue, 04360 Moustiers-sainte-marie Tel: (Fr) 4 92 74 61 64 3 Musée Na­tional Adrien Dubouché Named af­ter one of the ma­jor French art col­lec­tors and phi­lan­thropists of the 19th cen­tury, the Musée Na­tional Adrien Dubouché houses the most im­por­tant col­lec­tion of Li­mo­ges porce­lain in the world. But there is much more, be­sides. The mu­seum tells the his­tory of ceram­ics, with arte­facts from the 12th cen­tury on­wards and ex­am­ples from far across the world and much closer to home. The mu­seum’s re­cently ren­o­vated in­te­rior pro­vides a beau­ti­ful con­tem­po­rary back­drop for its prized col­lec­tions. 8 Place Win­ston Churchill, 87000 Li­mo­ges Tel: (Fr) 5 55 33 08 50 musee-adrien­ 4 Fon­da­tion Bernar­daud The Bernar­daud fam­ily is prac­ti­cally ce­ramic aris­toc­racy. Mai­son Bernar­daud in Li­mo­ges has been build­ing on its world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for fine porce­lain since 1863 and vis­i­tors can take a guided tour of the orig­i­nal work­shops, see­ing step by step how its prod­ucts are cre­ated and its role in the his­tory of French porce­lain. Vis­its take place be­tween 9.45am to 4.15pm, every day ex­cept Sun­day from June to Septem­ber. Joint tick­ets cov­er­ing the Musée Na­tional Adrien Dubouché are avail­able. 27 Av­enue Al­bert Thomas, 87000 Li­mo­ges Tel: (Fr) 5 55 10 55 91 bernar­

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