1740 witnessed the birth of a porcelain factory with a unique new offering the brilliant whiteness of its paste. It soon gained strong support from Louis XV and was able to enroll the greatest artists of the time. In less than thirty years, the Manufacture royale de Sèvres had become the greatest of them all. After revolutionizing the porcelain artistry, it stood in Europe as the undisputed arbiter of taste. Fourth volume in the series titled Sèvres, a Ceramic History , Sèvres at the Time of Louis XV unveils the birth of a legend.