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Limoges Porcelain

Limoges refers to hard-paste porcelain produced in factories near Limoges, France, but does not refer to any specific manufacturer. In 1771, the first Limoges porcelain factory was established. It was so successful, the King of France purchased the plant to exclusively manufacture white porcelain for the palace. During the Victorian era, several Limoges porcelain factories began to pop up in Baignol, Alluaud, and Tharaud.

In 1842, American David Haviland built a factory in Limoges that became the world-famous Haviland china brand. Though made in France, Haviland china was produced primarily for the North American market. In 1880, Haviland was commissioned by the White House, which only boosted its international recognition.

An especially popular item produced in the Limoges china factories were bonbonniéres. These small boxes were used by women to keep sweets that disguised bad breath. In post-war France, virtually every gift shop sold novelty items such as dollhouse-sized pianos, tables, and chairs. Both the bonbonniéres and novelty items are highly collected today.

 

Quick Facts

  • Limoges potteries borrowed freely from several influences including Japanese and Indian porcelain makers
  • In the 1800s, blank Limoges china and porcelain were sent from Limoges to the United States to be decorated by amateur china painters following instruction manuals
  • A few Limoges pieces featured illustrations of paintings by famous artist J.M.W. Turner
  • Another manufacturer of porcelain, Herend, have similar <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/herend-china/sc-MHNKUGX93X/”>china pieces available for sale</a> on Invaluable.

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Limoges Squat Vase Rose Bush
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Limoges Porcelain Train Toy Chest Trinket Box 6pc
Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1- $1,000
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Large French LIMOGES Porcelain Cache Pot
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Vintage B & CO Limoges France Small Vase
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Est: $0- $0
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LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 3
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
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RARE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE LIMOGES BOX
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RARE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE LIMOGES BOX
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11pc Tressemanes Vogt Limoges Porcelain Bowl and Cups, Grape
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
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D & C Limoges Jardiniere and Stand
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D & C Limoges Jardiniere and Stand
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Est: $800- $2,000
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LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 3
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Est: $375- $450
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MONET ARTORIA LIMOGES BOX
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
MONET ARTORIA LIMOGES BOX
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $200- $250
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LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 3
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LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 3
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Est: $400- $500
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Vintage F.J. Carmona Enamel Landscape Limoges
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
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Est: $0- $0
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10pc Haviland France Limoges Porcelain Plates
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
10pc Haviland France Limoges Porcelain Plates
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Est: $0- $0
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Limoges Cobalt Blue Egg with Gold Couple Box
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Limoges Cobalt Blue Egg with Gold Couple Box
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
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RARE WINE RACK LIMOGES BOX
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
RARE WINE RACK LIMOGES BOX
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Est: $300- $400
$252 Bids
LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 2
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 2
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Est: $275- $325
$102 Bids
Limoges Sailor Whale Calf Porcelain Trinket Box 3p
Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1- $1,000
$12 Bids
TROPICAL ISLAND LIMOGES BOX
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $200- $300
$102 Bids
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2pc Limoges Porcelain Bowl and Chocolate Pot
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
2pc Limoges Porcelain Bowl and Chocolate Pot
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
French Limoges Bronze Mounted Compote
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
French Limoges Bronze Mounted Compote
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$302 Bids
LIMOGES BOXES - LOT OF 4
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $375- $425
$102 Bids

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