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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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12 Teller mit Blumenmalerei. Limoges.
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $100- $1,000
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(9) Dresser Boxes Sterling Enamel Porcelain Turtle Shell
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
(9) Dresser Boxes Sterling Enamel Porcelain Turtle Shell
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Est: $400- $600
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Est: $125- $175
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Est: $100- $150
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LRL Limoges France Porcelain Fish Plates
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
$163 Bids
Limoges French Empire Gilt Tea Service, Napoleon
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
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Est: $50- $15,000
$602 Bids
Very Fine Limoges France Porcelain Bird Plates
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Very Fine Limoges France Porcelain Bird Plates
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Limoges Porcelain Heart Trinket Box
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Limoges Porcelain Heart Trinket Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
NEAR PAIR OF HENRI ARDANT LIMOGES PORCELAIN VASES
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
NEAR PAIR OF HENRI ARDANT LIMOGES PORCELAIN VASES
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid
19TH C. HAVILAND LIMOGES PORCELAIN DINNERWARE
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. HAVILAND LIMOGES PORCELAIN DINNERWARE
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$501 Bid
A 12TH CENTURY STYLE GILT METAL AND ENAMEL EUCHARISTIC DOVE
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A 12TH CENTURY STYLE GILT METAL AND ENAMEL EUCHARISTIC DOVE
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£201 Bid
(59) LIMOGES ULIM FRANCE PORCELAIN DINNER SERVICE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
(59) LIMOGES ULIM FRANCE PORCELAIN DINNER SERVICE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
4 PC THARAUD LIMOGES PORCELAIN
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
4 PC THARAUD LIMOGES PORCELAIN
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$51 Bid
(14) FRENCH LIMOGES PORCELAIN FISH SERVICE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
(14) FRENCH LIMOGES PORCELAIN FISH SERVICE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
HAND PAINTED PORCELIAN PLATE SIGNED BY ARTIST MADE BY T & U LIMOGES
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
HAND PAINTED PORCELIAN PLATE SIGNED BY ARTIST MADE BY T & U LIMOGES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$101 Bid
ELDA CREATIONS LIMOGES GUITAR PILL BOX
Oct 25, 4:00 PM EDT
ELDA CREATIONS LIMOGES GUITAR PILL BOX
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
2 x Vintage items Limoges style large cabinet plate with centre courting sc
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
2 x Vintage items Limoges style large cabinet plate with centre courting sc
by The Collector
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD201 Bid
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PARTIE DE SERVICE, LIMOGES, XXe SIÈCLE
Oct 27, 12:00 PM CEST
PARTIE DE SERVICE, LIMOGES, XXe SIÈCLE
by Artcurial
Est: €300- €400
€1501 Bid
Elite Works Limoges France Bird Plates
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Elite Works Limoges France Bird Plates
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
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