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About Limoges porcelain

What does Limoges porcelain mean?

Today, Limoges porcelain is synonymous with elaborately crafted and luxurious hard porcelain from France. Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, heads of government and royal houses swear by the creative decors and elegant forms of Limoges porcelain.

What is the origin of the term Limoges porcelain?

Limoges is a 2000 year old town in the French Massif Central, surrounded by valuable raw materials. Limoges is not only known for its important uranium mine, but also for its kaolin deposits in Saint-Yrieix-de-la-Perche. Since these were discovered in the second half of the 18th century, the town has been known for its porcelain production and has gradually become the centre of French porcelain production. From this the term "Limoges porcelain" developed.

What is the history of porcelain production in Limoges?

The tradition of Limoges as a centre of arts and crafts began as early as the 12th century, when Limoges established itself as an important centre of enamel production. In 1771, the production of "white gold" began under royal patronage. But it was only after the revolution and with the founding of factories that still exist today, such as Bernardaud or Haviland, that Limoges porcelain began its worldwide triumphal march in the 19th century.

Today, more than half of the porcelain produced in France comes from Limoges. Among the most important manufacturers of Limoges porcelain are Bernardaud, Raynaud, J.L Coquet, Haviland and Alberto Pinto. Christofle, Puiforcat and L‘Objet also use this material for some of their collections. Please also visit our brand sites of Alberto Pinto, Bernardaud, Christofle, Haviland, J.L Coquet, L'Objet, Puiforcat and Raynaud.