Limoges enthusiasts know that the clays from the quarries of Limoges, France produced the finest, purest white porcelain in the world, occasionally referred to as white gold. It's Kaolin deposits provided the white hue and flexibility for shaping, the Quartz reduced deformation during firing and Feldspar, required for glazing, gave the porcelain it's superior translucent qualities. These materials and others, needed to make this luxurious French porcelain, were a gift from nature. How thoughtful of our Creator to include these marvelous ingredients for our pleasure.
Limoges porcelain has received the greatest recognition throughout the decades. By the mid 1800's there were more than 35 porcelain factories operating in the vicinity of the region of Limoges. The Haviland factory opened it's wares to the foreign market, shipping the first exports to New York City in 1842. Other factories were soon to follow their lead but it has been four generations of Havilands that have led the production of Limoges porcelains with their innovative designs.
During the latter half of the century, acclaimed artists from around the world migrated to Limoges to practice their artful talents. They painted some of the most sought after pieces today. The American's could not get enough of these delicate and fine wares. They decorated their homes from kitchen to bath, from the dinning table to the dressing table.
It is the hand panted antique Limoges pieces that have caused the biggest uproar in recent decades. By 1980, some collector's were hoarding every extraordinary piece they could find and by the late 1990's, hand painted Limoges porcelain was all the rage, driving prices to unprecedented levels. Vases were desired, the bigger the better. Wall plaques, vanity sets, chocolate pots and dinnerware pieces are all adored and cherished.
Today, porcelain buyers and collectors are just as inquisitive as ever with the single most frequently asked question being, "Is it Limoges?" Our love affair with Limoges continues to grow, it is a bond that is not likely to be broken. My relationship with Limoges stems from the simple enjoyment of finding pieces for you.
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