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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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PORECELAINE DE LIMOGES Suite de quatre coffrets à parfum
Dec 09, 2:30 PM CET
PORECELAINE DE LIMOGES Suite de quatre coffrets à parfum
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Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
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Est: $20- $50
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Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $175- $350
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Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Limoge Trinket Boxes
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $300
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SALVADOR DALÍ ASCHENBECHER (AIR-INDIA)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
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Est: €200- €400
€3003 Bids
Limoge Tea Set Trinket Box
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
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Est: $100- $200
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WILLIAM GUBRIN LIMOGES PORCELAIN DINNER SERVICE
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
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Est: $100- $200
$703 Bids
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French Limoges Porcelain Strawberry Trinket Box
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
French Limoges Porcelain Strawberry Trinket Box
by Gallery 63
Est: $50- $150
$502 Bids
Haviland Limoges
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Haviland Limoges
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
Limoges & British Trinket Boxes, 5
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Limoges & British Trinket Boxes, 5
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$752 Bids
Three Figural French Limoges Trinket Boxes
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Three Figural French Limoges Trinket Boxes
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$402 Bids
Rochard Limoges Porcelain Camping Trinket Box
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
Rochard Limoges Porcelain Camping Trinket Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
T&V Limoges Porcelain Seafood Plates, c. 1900
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
T&V Limoges Porcelain Seafood Plates, c. 1900
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
(2 Pc) Limoges Porcelain Trinket Boxes Set
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
(2 Pc) Limoges Porcelain Trinket Boxes Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Vintage Cardinet Limoges Porcelain Koala Trinket Box
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Cardinet Limoges Porcelain Koala Trinket Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
1975 Illinois Land of Lincoln Limo Plate #1038
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
1975 Illinois Land of Lincoln Limo Plate #1038
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
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Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
BASQUIAT JEAN-MICHEL
by Campo & Campo
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
(3 Pc) Limoges Porcelain Trinket Boxes Set
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
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by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
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French Limoges Porcelain White Green Onion Box
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
French Limoges Porcelain White Green Onion Box
by Gallery 63
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
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Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Antique & Vintage Porcelain
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $125
$201 Bid
Limoges China: set of (4) Limoges cobalt & gilded demitasse
Dec 16, 10:00 AM EST
Limoges China: set of (4) Limoges cobalt & gilded demitasse
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Limoges France Lot of 7 Porcelain Items
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Limoges France Lot of 7 Porcelain Items
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Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
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Est: $0- $0
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