The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
It was, as has been said, the best of times and the worst of times.
It was a century of extremes: on the one hand, opulence, on the other, hardscrabble
poverty; on the one hand, intellectual ferment and social unrest, on the other,
oblivious disregard. In the Americas, the upstart Colonials had turned Boston
Harbor into a vast pot of tea, while in Europe, the aristocracy was whiling
away the days drinking tea from dainty china cups and waltzing away the nights
with a new dance from Vienna. In Paris, meanwhile, the hungry were told that
if they had no bread they should eat cake. And, just outside Paris, on the
road to Versailles near the chateau of the King's favorite, Madame de Pompadour,
was the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, the source of all the fragile
and decorative items that adorned the tables and decorated the palaces of
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