The American Ceramic Circle Book Award, established in 2005, recognizes English-language publications that advance the study of ceramics, present new scholarship and interpretations, and, in doing so, become important and standard references in the field. 

After the careful review of several worthy books, the ACC Book Award Committee identified this year’s winner as Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain, a monumental publication by Rosalind Savill, published by Unicorn Press in 2021.

In this comprehensive two-volume set, Savill provides a year-by-year history of the Sèvres factory up to the death of Madame de Pompadour in 1764 by examining her purchases, the myriad ways in which the porcelain that she acquired was used, and the role of French porcelain in the everyday life of European court circles. In addition to the valuable content of its chapters, the book contains illustrations of many objects not previously published and includes extensive contemporary documentation and inventories published in the appendices and the extensive bibliography. An extraordinarily beautiful and remarkable achievement, Savill’s Everyday Rococo is a fundamental standard reference for both French porcelain scholars and mid-18th-century historians. 


A selection of the publications that have received the ACC Book Award in the past can be seen here. Click on the images to find out more about the individual books. 

The Book Award Committee welcomes suggestions for books to be reviewed. Please share any titles with Garth Johnson, Chair of the group.

Garth Johnson

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