Tea with Marie Antoinette

It is summer here and we are finally having some freedom again, so I am enjoying the rare opportunity to go places. I have been visiting several galleries that have been closed for most of the past year and half.

This week it was the Wallace Collection at Hertford House in London. A beautiful grand house that hosts one of the world's best collections of Baroque and Rococo art. Four generations of the Lords Hertford and their final heir Richard Wallace, have been collecting the best French, Dutch and Asian art, furniture and other artefacts, resulting in a stunning collection that was bequeathed to the British nation to be on permanent display.

Among this treasure trove is a breathtaking collection of Sèvres porcelain - one of the best in the world. Many of the pieces have belonged personally to Louis XV, his maîtresse Mme de Pompadour, Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. There is so much to see in this splendid house, but to those of us who love porcelain the Sèvres collection is of course the most interesting.